Winter months are a time for slowing down and appreciating the finer things that life in our region has to offer in the Berkshires. If you are not an outdoor enthusiast filling every chilly day with skiing, hiking, or fat biking, then there is a profusion of cultural activities for visitors and locals alike to fill wintery days.
The Berkshire’s museums and art galleries are a fun, enlightening way to stay out of the cold. Many of the museums and galleries stay open year-round, offering respite from the New England weather. Many of these art spaces have unparalleled collections of art on view and also provide learning experiences through workshops and events. These opportunities offer multidimensional experiences for patrons to enjoy art, going beyond the norm. Here are just a few venues you should think about for your next Berkshire itinerary.
In Williamstown, The Clark has an amazing collection of artwork by revered masters such as Degas, Homer, and George Inness. It’s a wonderful place for a day visit and the museum has interactive displays, that allow patrons to explore art tactilely. With programs for parents with small children, drawing pads and informative cards help families appreciate details in the art. They also host several free family days throughout the year and offer free admission on Sundays in the winter months. The Clark makes it fun and affordable for a family to visit.
Also in Williamstown, is the Williams College Museum of Art, which is open for free year-round. In addition to their museum collections, they provide programs oriented towards families. They organize several musical performances throughout the year as well as interesting workshops for patrons, students, and educators.
The Whitney Center for the Arts has a couple of wonderful galleries located in one of Pittsfield‘s historic houses. They have a rotating selection of area artists and participate in local events, such as Pittsfield’s Third Thursdays downtown street festivals. The Whit also presents a wide selection of special events available to the public, from fantastic musical performances to informative talks.
In Lee, Animagic is a small museum dedicated to animation and special effects for movies and television. This museum presents visitors with an interesting collection of models, toys, and additional movie memorabilia. Visitors can even create a short animated film when they are done with the museum tour. Animagic is free and open to the public seven days a week. Owners Irina Borisova and Eugene Mamut are creative individuals. Eugene won an Academy Award for his special effects in the movie Predator. (You can see his award when you visit.) They take joy in showcasing the rich special effects history of the Berkshires.
Moving south of Lee to Stockbridge, is a perennial favorite, Norman Rockwell Museum. As part of their food for thought series, the museum will celebrate the Presidents and Valentines Day weekend with “Politics and Romance? Norman Rockwell’s Presidents and Valentines.”
See more museum and historic site venues. For those visitors and locals looking for warm entertainment in the winter, the Berkshires offers you an outstanding array of museums and galleries.