A couple hour drive west of Boston, nearly to the New York state line in Stockbridge, is the Norman Rockwell Museum.
The site was Rockwell’s home for the last 25 years of his life, and was turned into a museum housing over 700 of his paintings, drawings and studies (the largest collection in the world), along with a huge collection of personal artifacts.
Rockwell is perhaps best known for his 321 Saturday Evening Post covers, with his first in 1916, “Boy with Baby Carriage.” His inspiring “Rosie the Riveter” and “Four Freedoms” series remain lasting visual tributes to World War II, and his holiday images take us back to a kinder, gentler era.
Although many art critics and historians do not consider Rockwell a “serious” artist, there can be no doubt of his immense public popularity, and he is one of the best-known illustrators in history. His Americana themes, showcasing the ideas of kindness, tolerance, and freedom, resonated with the public, and viewing his collection is a retrospective of family life over the past century.
The museum is located at 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is open daily (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Summer hours (May-October, and holidays) are weekdays 10 am – 4 pm; weekends 10 am – 5 pm. Daily winter and holiday hours are 10 am – 5 pm.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for collect students (with ID), $13.50 for seniors, and youth (18 and under) free with an adult. Tickets may be purchase onsite, or online. An audio tour is available for an additional $5 for adults, and $4 for seniors and youth. Parking is free.
No photography, backpacks, or large packages are permitted inside the museum galleries.
Image credit: wikimedia (museum); Amazon (Runaway print); Amazon (Doctor & the Doll print)