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Chesterwood Museum

4 Williamsville Rd., P.O. Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.

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West Lafayette
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185 reviews 185 reviews
58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is not the open, sprawling area graced with French’s sculptures that I’d somehow envisioned. The home, studio, and welcome center are a bit crowded on a hillside. There are open areas, mainly featuring contemporary, abstract sculpture when we were there. There’s one DCF sculpture of Lincoln standing and a small fountain and landscaped area and a nice view of... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Outdoor art great for photography. Pray for good weather, most of it is outdoors. Art studio is a must

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Boston, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I've been to Chesterwood a few times as a Massachusetts native and take clients there as a small tour company operator..it is always a favorite!! The gorgeous setting and works of this magnificent American sculptor are awe inspiring. Visitors from near and far always love this gorgeous site and the docents here are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderful!! A must visit... More

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Freelton, Ontario
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a find and well worth the two hours spent there. To learn the history of this prolific sculpter is very interesting. The amount of work going into the start and prep, is time consuming along with hard. The studio custom designed for proper light is very large and austere. To see the the stages of the Lincoln statue... More

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Saratoga NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Walk around the grounds. Look at the view. See Daniel Chester French's art and see where it was created in his studio. French's place in art and history is clearly understood in an understated museum in a beautiful spot in the Berkshires. Literally, just up the road from the Rockwell Museum. Different contemporary sculptures are placed throughout the grounds too.... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very helpful staff. A beautiful home and studio. Learned a lot about French and his work. Definitely worth the visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised when visiting the Chesterwood Museum. My wife decided to go here, and I figured it would be all about the Lincoln Memorial. Well, a great deal of it was, but there was also much more. We toured the museum that displayed many of his sculptures, saw a movie on his life, hiked in the trails on the... More

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Mamaroneck, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

With a home in Lenox, Chesterwood is a favorite place to bring visitors for the history it offers concerning the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and other major pieces but also for its yearly contemporary sculpture show that is installed throughout the site. This year's show featured a single artist whose works were so massive that they were unable to... More

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Fairfield County
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141 reviews 141 reviews
58 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I really didn't know who sculpted the Lincoln Memorial and it was a great pleasure to see Daniel Chester French's work. I enjoyed seeing how he originally was going to do the Memorial of Lincoln standing and how it evolved. Especially enjoyed seeing his studio and other pieces. Beautiful gardens that host other artists. Great display of Paley art when... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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276 reviews 276 reviews
145 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Chesterwood is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America's foremost public sculptor of the 20th century, Daniel Chester French. The studio and adjacent gardens are first rate. This season the extensive grounds a number of large works of the sculptor, Albert Paley.

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