| Berkshire Museum
39 South Street, Route 7, Pittsfield (413) 443-7171
open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except major holidays.
The Berkshire Museum, located on the square in Pittsfield, is
acknowledged as one of the finest small museums in the nation. The
museum's natural science collection is its largest. Galleries
display life sciences, bio-geology, paleontology, and earth science.
An equally impressive art collection includes ancient art from the
Middle East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. European works from the
14th thru 19th centuries include pieces created by Juan Pons and
Bernardo Strozzi and a collection of landscape paintings by artists
of the Hudson River School.
"Wally," a 26-foot long, 10-foot high stegosaurus,
welcomes children to the museum, and there's a Refrigerator Art
Gallery designed specifically to hang children's artwork. As for the
adults, foreign and independent films play nightly from June through
September in the museum's surround-sound theater.
Willow Creek Road, Lenox (413) 637-2210.
Open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Memorial Day through October. Admission is free.
The museum is housed in the restored 1902 New Haven Railroad
Station. Area railroading exhibits and two model-train displays.
Current photographic exhibit of the famed "Berkshire Cottages,"
the name given to the mansions that aristocracy built in during the
mid- to late-1800's. Take a 2 hour round trip between Lenox and
Stockbridge, the trains use diesel-powered locomotive and 1920's
New for 2003, we are resuming diesel-hauled excursion train
service for the first time in more than a decade. The route is 10
miles along the Housatonic River between Lenox and Stockbridge.
Round trip will be about 90 minutes. Plus, also new for 2003 is a
permanent exhibit about the Gilded Age Berkshire Cottages housed in
a circa 1920 former Baltimore and Ohio combined coach. Beautiful
turn-of-the-century glass-plate photographs show the lifestyle of
the wealthiest Americans.
|The Bidwell House
Art School Road, Monterey (413) 528-6888
Open May 27 - October 15, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to
Built in 1750, this elegant parsonage features period
furnishings, heirloom gardens, and an architectural motif defined as
Georgian saltbox. The museum is surrounded by 190 wooded acres and
is open from Memorial Day through mid-October.
Housatonic Street, Dalton (413) 684-2600
Open 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, June through
mid-October. Free admission.
Zenas Crane settled in Dalton in 1797 and built his first paper
mill in 1801. Two hundred years later, Crane and Co. is still going
strong as the manufacturer of all the paper that goes into making
American currency. The Crane Museum offers visitors an up-close look
at the paper-making process and how it has evolved over the years.
Gallery/Berkshire Center for Contemporary Glass
6 Harris Street, West Stockbridge (413) 232-4666
open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
103 Route 41 (2 miles south of downtown), Stockbridge (413)
Hours: July through August - Wednesday through Monday, 10:00 to
6:00 p.m. and September through June -Friday through Sunday, 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appt.
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