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“Good museum but not my taste” 4 of 5 stars
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Rose Art Museum
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 736-3434
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Ranked #8 of 18 Attractions in Waltham
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Waltham, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good museum but not my taste”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I recently visited the Rose Art Museum after having lunch at the nearby Brandeis faculty club. The current exhibition shows some of the works that the Rose acquired when it first opened. The original curator made some excellent choices and the paintings are now worth a small fortune.
One of the people in our group of 10 had arranged for a docent (a Brandeis art student) to show us around. She tried to get our opinions/feelings for some of the art works and gave us a little background on the artists.
I don't happen to understand or appreciate modern art, so many of the items left me cold. However, it is a great place to spend an hour or so in the Waltham area.

Visited October 2012
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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12 attraction reviews
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“Get there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Beautiful building full of light with great architecture

Visited May 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“Wonderful cross-section of contemporary art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

Spending a couple of hours at the Rose is a great way to brighten a cold, drab, winter day. The building itself is bright and airy, and much of the artwork is vivid and lively. There are works by most of the big names of the 20th century, and a selection by lesser-known and more recent artists as well.

There were only a few other patrons the day we went, which made for a relaxed experience -- we could examine and discuss items at our leisure.

No cafe at the Rose, but there are plenty of restaurants in downtown Waltham, a 5 minute drive away.

Visited December 2011
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“Small, Beautiful Museum with a Spectacular Collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, reopened at the end of October 2011, after renovation. The art collection is spectacular, especially of American Art of the 1960's and 1970's. Name an artist from that period and they have a piece. Currently the museum has on display three "50th Anniversary Exhibitions" (the museum opened in 1961) . This includes my all time favorite work by Richard Pousette-Dart ("untitled"), as well as works by Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Willem de Kooning, Andy Worhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Morris Louis, Robert Indiana, Robert Motherwell and Pablo Pacasso, among others. The museum is small and, despite an addition, can only exhibit a small percentage of its 8,000 works at any one time. Solution, go back again and again!

Like many art museums, the building is a work of art as well. The light and airy space was designed by Max Abramovitz, who designed among other buildings, Avery Fisher Hall (formally Philharmonic Hall) at Lincoln Center, New York City and worked on the United Nations complex in New York.

The Brandeis campus is a wonderful 'Museum" of mid-century modern and modern architecture with most of the campus build from 1957 to 1973. Max Abramovitz produced the second master plan for the campus (Eero Saarinen had produced the first) and designed about half of the buildings on campus. Benjamin Tompson (and The Architects Collaborative) also designed a large percentage of the buildings (Ben Thompson is known for designing the Design Research building in Cambridge, MA, Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Harborplace in Baltimore, and South Street Seaport in New York). Eero Saarinen (creator of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the "Womb Chair", Dulles International Airport, and the TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport) designed several buildings. Hugh Stubbins (Citigroup Center in New York and Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia), Moshe Sofdie (Habitat '67 at the Montreal Worlds Fair), and Shepley Bullfinch (the Smithsonian Museums on the South Quadrangle of the National Mall in Washington, DC) all have produced buildings for Brandeis. To get a map of the Architecture of Brandeis go to: http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/events/building/Close.html

Be sure to visit the architecture at Brandeis when you visit the Rose Art Museum or visa versa. Both are well worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
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