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Chesterwood Museum

4 Williamsville Rd., P.O. Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-3579
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
56 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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129 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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Paris, France
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Having seen the Minuteman statue near Old North Bridge, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, I hadn't given much thought to the artist/sculptor, Samuel Chester French, in terms of his creative process or how integral he was toward creating iconic American images based in his own perception. So much of that is revealed with a trip to Chesterwood. The docent... More

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RHODE ISLAND
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188 reviews 188 reviews
53 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

house he lived in and his gallery were just so great. He was a part of our history.I just learned so much about large sculpture and did not know he did this work.

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Norwalk, CT
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've been to hundreds of museums in my life and this is probably the worst visitor experience ever. To begin with, the signage is misleading, for example the "Restrooms" sign points up a hill to the wrong building. When we went in to buy our tickets, the clerk didn't seem to know how to operate the register. Luckily another clerk... More

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Shelton, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you like classical sculpture, this is a place to go. It has replicas of his sculptures, picnic grounds and rotating sculpture exhibitions. Worth it just to see how the Lincoln Memorial was made.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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216 reviews 216 reviews
111 attraction reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited first thing in the morning, and there were only a handful of visitors. Everything is pretty compact, so you can park, purchase tickets, look through the exhibits at the visitor center, see the short interesting video, tour the home, see the workshop, and walk around and enjoy the several sculptures on the grounds (currently an interesting exhibit by... More

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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155 reviews 155 reviews
65 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Daniel Chester French, the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and many others, lived here during the summer, escaping the heat of NYC. Although the house was closed the day we were there, we still got to tour the grounds, see a very informative video, and tour his studio for half price. His studio, with a very knowledgeable docent, was simply... More

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