The Northern Berkshires is home to two elite art museums that range from French impressionist galleries to massive contemporary art installations. You’ll experience both contrasting stylistic approaches to art during your Berkshires and Vermont Fall Trip.
Art Highlights on the Vermont and Northern Berkshires Tour
With more than 250,000 square feet of exhibit space in what was once an electric components manufacturing facility, MASS MoCA is one of the largest centers for visual contemporary art in the U.S. Exhibits focus on large-scale, immersive installations that would be impossible to realize in conventional museums. The broad-shouldered, raw industrial character of its soaring galleries offer a vibrant experience, where the building itself is art.
Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, and a staple in the Berkshires art community, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. The Clark, which sits on a unique 140 acre ground, features European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawing and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. The collection is especially rich in French Impressionist and Academic painting, British oil sketches, drawings and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness and John Singer Sargent.
The Bennington Museum
The Bennington Museum is a museum of Art, History, and Innovation that connects you with real objects, challenges you with intriguing ideas, and excites your imagination. The Museum is home to the largest public collection of painting by the great American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses as well as the defining collection of 19th-century Bennington Stoneware. The permanent collection includes superb furniture and paintings from Vermont, one of the oldest “Stars and Stripes” in existence – the famous Bennington Flag, with its arch of 13 stars encircling the number “76” – the renowned 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt featuring an astounding 5602 pieces, and a 1924 Martin Wasp Touring Car, the only automobile manufactured in Vermont.