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“Remotely located ” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in North Adams
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
New York City, New York
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Remotely located ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

There's no easy way to get to the MoCA. It's tucked up in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, connected by only secondary roads -- so give yourself plenty of time to get there. The facility itself is sometimes as interesting as the art; it's an incredible turn of the century factory, transformed into great gallery space. As for the art, I'm a fan of Sol Lewitt (but the only one in my family). Over the last three years, I've gone twice. Each time there have been interesting shows. I gave MoCA 3 stars only because of the difficulty in getting there. If this museum were in one of the old piers along the west side of manhattan it would be an easy 4 to 5 star attraction ... But then it would likely be too crowded to enjoy !

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“It is always fun to see what they are doing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

We go back at least twice a year.We live in the area and support the efforts of Mass MOCA.It is even good for kids and the kids activites are excellent

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Some interesting stuff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Let's face it, MOCA is the only reason to visit North Adams. I'm not sure it was worth the 3+ hour drive from Boston and two nights' accommodation but it is an impressive site and facility.

Art, of course, is extremely subjective but I liked the Sol LeWitt wall drawings over three floors, and the Phoenix by Xu Bing was impressive, as was the story behind its creation.

For the simple fact that North Adams is a small town it's worth visiting and supporting it. I enjoyed my visit.

I bought a 'dual' ticket that have me admission to the Norman Rockwell museum just over an hour's drive away. It wasn't really my thing but there didn't seem a whole lot else to do around here.

Visited October 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Loved Sol Lewitt exhibit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Save three hours for this wonderful exhibit. Then you need time to see rest of museum.
This is a do not miss.

Visited November 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“If you are in the area, see this!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

I am not a modern art lover, and therefore not well exposed. But this was quite something. The huge factory spaces invite the equally huge displays and installations. On the weekend we were there, work by contemporary, new and newly famous artists were featured. Works of these scales are qualitatively different, with a feeling of being "in" the piece. This was especially so in pieces that literally were to be appreciated from this inside. Now having had this experience, I will seek out other massive scale showings. (Oh, and their cafe is great, especially on Saturdays with the pick-up traditional music performers jamming in one corner.)

Visited November 2013
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