Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum, Rutland: Hours, Address, Norman Rockwell Museum Reviews: 4/5

Norman Rockwell Museum
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Gary A
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big disappointment
Mar 2021
Yesterday, March 17 2021, we drove from Queensbury, NY to Rutland to visit this museum. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived and learned they have been closed due to covid. We respect the right of any organization to take precautions deemed necessary, but we do not understand why they are so irresponsible about informing their patrons. Nowhere on their website is there any indication that they may not be open. To the contrary, they specifically say that they are open. Why have a website if you don't bother to post vital information?
Written March 18, 2021
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IndianaGregory
Lafayette, IN6 contributions
An enjoyable trip through American history
Oct 2020 • Couples
The museum contains many pieces of Norman Rockwell’s art as well as the work of other artists related to themes of Rockwell’s works. The themes of race and social justice are especially poignant today.
Written November 2, 2020
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tquinn3
Peoria, IL14 contributions
A lot of fun, and a lot of art that is actually fun to look at, from a very famous artist.
Sep 2020
We weren't expecting anything. In fact, I thought it might not even be a museum. But boy was I wrong. This place is filled with thousands of Norman Rockwell illustrations. I was blown away how interesting they were, and how prolific the artist Normal Rockwell was. We spent a couple of hours there, and we could have spent more time if we didn't have to leave for something else.

Also, don't assume like we did that the Rockwell Museum at Corning, NY, not that far away, might be better than this for Normal Rockwell illustrations. But the other museum isn't about Normal Rockwell, but rather just collections, much of which were owned by a different Rockwell. So if you want to go see Normal Rockwell illustrations, go to this. It doesn't look like much on the outside, and its pretty full on the inside, but you will definitely enjoy it.

Yes there is a sale sign. I spoke to the woman operating the place, and she said that the owners want to retire and are looking for someone to buy the business and the art. But it didn't seem imminent, but call first to be sure they are still operating.
Written September 24, 2020
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Michael B
New Jersey882 contributions
Check before going
Sep 2020 • Couples
As of Sept. 18, 2020 a "For Sale" sign is posted on the property, with the price already reduced. We were there in 2005. Visiting the area again and saw the sign.
Written September 18, 2020
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Emma L
33 contributions
Talented Man
Mar 2020 • Friends
This was a nice place to visit. There were lots of pictures to see. It is easy to get to,right off a main rd. The staff was very friendly and gave us a little bit of a lecture on the history of his paintings and drawings. Sad that the building is up for sale.
Written March 3, 2020
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Roebuck1
Roebuck, South Carolina26 contributions
What a collection!
Oct 2019 • Couples
The outside of the building is not imposing but the inside is full of Rockwell’s illustrations. Included with many magazine covers, posters, and book pictures is a bit of our country’s history that prompted art this gifted man. Souvenirs are available for purchase. It is well with the visit.
Written October 22, 2019
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Carson
New York City, NY975 contributions
More than just a few.. lots!
Oct 2019
Information overload on a self-guided treasure hunt.

The museum is just off the road a really sharp turn off that goes over a steel mini bridge. Slow down as you approach it.

The building has seen better days, both inside and out.
If you're a Norman Rockwell fan this has an unimaginable collection of his works, including a souvenir area that has reproductions, plates with his drawings, and another room with even more of his works!

Your tour beings right after you enter on your immediate right and are set up in chronological order from his earliest years to later in life.

You work your way around a large room and there are works in the middle of the room as well. Amazing how many pieces he created in the span of his life. I believe the location has about 2,000 pieces of his works on display.

In every section, there is one index card pointing out a factoid. From the looks of it and the fact the text on the faded yellowing index card looks with the type that appears to be created on a manual typewriter in serif fonts, this stuff is certainly due for an upgrade. The text could be larger, have more contrast, and passages in some cases shorter with more descriptions throughout the displays.

At $7.50 per adult, you go through this space in perhaps 30 minutes.

It does not appear to be ADA compliant. No restroom. Dirt or gravel parking lot out front and to the right of the building.

There is another museum in the Arlinglington area where Norman lived for a bit and visited with Grandma Mosses. It is much smaller, is free, and provides a better layout although just as dilapidated.

So, if you are a Norman Rockwell fan and you're near Rutland it may be worth the peek. There is so much to take in you really have to pick and choose which ones you want to zoom in on. Unfortunately, the only way you would pick is visual vs content because there just isn't a whole lot of easy quick to read nuggets throughout.

Enjoy!
Carson
Written October 1, 2019
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Alison P
Wyomissing, PA543 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
This museum is in need of care. The outside is very old and looks like it is falling apart. The wooden steps/railing are not in good repair. Once inside, there is a large gift shop that allows purchase of some very nice reproductions of Rockwell's works.
Written September 23, 2019
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Traveler2AM
Poughkeepsie, NY681 contributions
Sad
Sep 2019
It has been a good while since I was here and one can easily see that the exterior needs a lot of work. The For Sale signs give the reason. The elderly owners are looking to sell. I hope it is sold with the wonderful collection of Norman Rockwell's magazine covers, advertisements and some portraits.

The "Director" of the museum was very willing to share her knowledge of Norman Rockwell and his works.

My wife and I had a very good time. The negative is that there is no public bathroom.
Written September 14, 2019
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robert l
East Meadow, NY181 contributions
Art and History in one place
Aug 2019 • Friends
The museum’s exhibits told a story of American life. Plus there was an exhibit of Rockwell’s studio, showing how he approached each painting. The guide provided an interesting, informative and enjoyable presentation about the painter. A must see exhibit.
Written September 2, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM