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Tanglewood (Lenox)
Ranked #1 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Symphonies; Theaters & Stadiums
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra features performances by world-renowned conductors, soloists and musicians.
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Jacob's Pillow (Becket)
Ranked #2 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Performances; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #3 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Founded in 1969, this museum has the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings.
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The Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Ranked #4 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro,... more » Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum. Designed by renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the recently opened Clark Center is the centerpiece of the Clark's campus. The center includes special exhibition galleries as well as retail and dining spaces. It overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings and other buildings located on the campus. This sweeping new landscape design transforms the Clark's 140-acre campus and underscores new sustainability initiatives. In 1950 the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was founded as a permanent home for the private art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark. In 1955 Sterling-who was an avid horseman with strong family ties to Williamstown and Cooperstown, New York-and his wife Francine presided at the official opening of the museum, sharing their magnificent yet little-known collection with the world for the first time. Since the founding, the museum has gained international stature for the quality of its collection, innovative special exhibitions, and Research and Academic Program. « less
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Ranked #5 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Owner description: Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a professional award-winning Equity theatre presenting top-notch musicals, masterful... more » Owner description: Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a professional award-winning Equity theatre presenting top-notch musicals, masterful classics, thought-provoking new work, cabarets and youth theater on four stages from May through October as well as a New Play Festival in February. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC is perhaps best known for premiering William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and was voted Best Theatre by "The Berkshire Eagle" readers in 2011 and 2012. BSC welcomes groups and offers senior and youth discounts. « less
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MASS MoCA (North Adams)
Ranked #6 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts... more » Owner description: Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Open year round with full schedule of live events, changing exhibitions and Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective. « less
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Ranked #7 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Farms; Cultural
Owner description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for... more » Owner description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations. Called the "City of Peace" by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years until 1960, this community was the third of 19 major Shaker Villages located in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. There are 18 original historic buildings on this site. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making the Village a center for reflection on living the principled life. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- resonate with us today. In addition to viewing the architecture, we have so many things to see including the farm and gardens, the animals, costumed interpreters, demonstrations of handicrafts like weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing, hiking and walking trails, the Discovery Room where kids can do hands-on activities, photo and art exhibitions, a cafe and picnic area. We have modern amenities and the village is handicapped accessible. « less
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The Mount (Lenox)
Ranked #8 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
Owner description: The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian... more » Owner description: The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. The Mount engages a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton's life and achievements through educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens. Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton's life and work. « less
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Monument Mountain (Great Barrington)
Ranked #9 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Mountains; Landmarks
Owner description: Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular... more » Owner description: Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley. « less
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Ranked #10 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Cross-country Ski Areas; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Trails; Outdoors

This rail trail begins in Adams at the Berkshire Visitors center. After meandering through town, you head into a lovely wooded area which runs along the Hoosic river. The walk... more »

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Ranked #11 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
This famous theater, located in the Berkshires, presents several productions each summer.
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Ranked #12 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Owner description: The Mahaiwe Theater opened in September 1905 and is one of the oldest surviving theaters in the country. In its early years,... more » Owner description: The Mahaiwe Theater opened in September 1905 and is one of the oldest surviving theaters in the country. In its early years, the theater presented touring vaudeville acts and performers such as John Philip Sousa. It was transformed into a movie palace in 1930 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. Celebrated for its splendid acoustics, the theatre has played an important role in the life of the area.The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center was formed in December 2002 and launched its first six-month presenting season with a Centennial Celebration in May 2005. The theater has been newly restored, with great attention to historical detail, at a cost of over $9 million. The restoration was overseen by noted architect, Hugh Hardy, with engineering and construction by skilled Berkshire craftspeople and artisans. The theater is a recipient of support from Save America’s Treasures, the historical restoration has been certified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service. In addition, The Mahaiwe is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places!The Mahaiwe is now a unique year-round performing arts center presenting music, dance, theater, opera, and classic films in the southern Berkshires. The theater seats almost 700 audience members. We have brought hundreds of live events as well as classic films, and the Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts to the theater’s stage and screen as well as hosted dozens of performances presented by others. The Mahaiwe strives to welcome the broadest possible community into our theater on an ongoing basis. « less
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Ranked #13 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the first state park in Massachusetts also contains the states highest peak at 3,419... more » Owner description: Acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the first state park in Massachusetts also contains the states highest peak at 3,419 feet. « less
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Ranked #14 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Museums
Owner description: An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National... more » Owner description: An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 18th and 19th century furnishings, keeping room, parlors, bed chambers, 192 acres of fields and forest, heritage vegetable garden, flower gardens and stone walls, early farm and garden tools exhibit, hiking trails and picnic sites.Hours 11 am to 4 pm, with tours on the hour, Thursday through Monday. Open Memorial Day to Columbus Day. « less
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Ranked #15 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Mountains; Outdoors

The summit is extremly beutiful ,and its fun to climb over the rocks, and then see the town ,so tiny!!!! more »

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Ranked #16 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
This 1,500-acre sanctuary, along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, features several miles of hiking and biking trails.
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Ranked #17 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Colonial Theatre (Pittsfield)
Ranked #18 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
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Naumkeag (Stockbridge)
Ranked #19 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire... more » Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire Cottage. « less
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Williams College (Williamstown)
Ranked #20 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications... more » Owner description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all. « less
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Ranked #22 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Owner description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the... more » Owner description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually, with a core of over 150 artists and more than 30 full-time staff. The Company develops and performs Shakespeare, classics, contemporary, and new plays of social and political significance, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company embraces the core values of Shakespeare's work: collaboration, commitment to language, visceral experience and classical ideals, expressed with physical prowess and an embodied contemporary voice. 
The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, where professionals from all over the world come to train with the Organization known for its original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. Shakespeare & Company is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program, one of the largest the Northeast; it reaches more than 45,000 students annually with innovative performances, workshops and residencies. « less
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Chesterwood Museum (Stockbridge)
Ranked #23 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Museums
Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Ranked #24 of 88 attractions in Berkshires

BTF presents theatre that matters - world premieres, contemporary works, and classics that speak to who we are in our world today.  Since 1928, Berkshire Theatre Festival (BTF... more »

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Ranked #25 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song... more » Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song became a record, the record a movie. The movie was filmed in 1968 where the actual events took place on location at The Old Trinity Church, which became The Guthrie Center founded by Arlo Guthrie, and named for his parents, Woody & Marjorie Guthrie in 1991. The Center continues the Guthrie Family philosophy of a place for interfaith worship, cultural exchange especially with music and art, and of course a place to eat (during seasonal performances). 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" and the old church will celebrate in style with services and performances that will put a smile on your face and nourish your heart. « less
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Ranked #26 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #27 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Forests; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins, plus a variety of... more » Owner description: More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins, plus a variety of activities including trout-fishing, hiking and picnicking. « less
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Ranked #28 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the... more » Owner description: With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. In this appropriate setting, you will find a scale model (made by Dard Hunter) of the vat house of the first Crane mill, as well as some of the tools Zenas Crane used from 1801 to 1831. In wall and floor cases, exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery. « less
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Ranked #29 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #30 of 88 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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