Think music, museums, and mountains. On the western border of Massachusetts, the Berkshires provide an unbeatable array of visual and performing arts experiences and outdoor adventures in a magnificent rural setting.
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Summer in the Berkshire is synonymous with Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a venue for popular and jazz artists. Cultural offerings run the gamut from the evocative Americana illustrations of the Norman Rockwell Museum to the Impressionists and Old Master’s of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Williams College Museum of Art has an active schedule of American, Asian, and contemporary art exhibitions. MASS MoCA is on the cutting edge of the art world; its sprawling mill complex is filled with large-scale contemporary art. Stage and screen stars return each summer to practice their craft at the Williamstown and Berkshire Theatre Festivals; the Bard rules atShakespeare & Company. Hancock Shaker Village provides fascinating insights into the Shaker way of life. Be sure to visit SculptureNow in Great Barrington. From June 6-October 31 there is a juried exhibition of large-scale, outdoor sculptures on Main Street and Bridge Street. For gardeners, two must-see Berkshire estates: Naumkeag and The Mount Estate & Gardens.
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