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“Under renovation...but still delightful”

Smith College Museum of Art
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Northampton
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Owner description: This museum features work by a number of art greats.
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142 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Under renovation...but still delightful”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Smith has a nice modern collection open for viewing while the main part of their musem is closed for renovation. A gem of a Diebenkorn,a picture not so perfect Alice Neel,a Kline with the subtlest colors mixed into his standard black and white.....are just a few of the delights that wait to be discovered.
And then there is the bathroom!!!
Yup, the bathroom! Designed by artists and complete with a developing story from the moment you open the door. The best part were the toilets! Thankfully the stalls were empty and I could peruse each individual toilet. Rich cobalt blue images snaked around and through each bowl, the walls were covered with hand created tiles in the same color motif and the floor was made of tiny gem like blue tiles.

Visited July 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth a visit, even though much closed for renovation”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Excellent temporary exhibit of landscape photography by Anne Whiston Spirn. The contemporary collection has interesting pieces by less well-known Russian artists living abroad as well as good examples of works by well-known artists.

Visited June 2014
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Falmouth, MA
Level 6 Contributor
533 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit for the Bathrooms!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

On the advice of friends we visited the Smith College Museum of Art. Although not expecting much, we were pleasantly surprised. For a small museum, it has a wonderful collection of traditional and contemporary art, much of it donated by alumni. One treat was the set of restrooms designed by several artists. Peeing has never been more interesting? The museum also has a small but great gift shop.

Visited May 2014
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northampton, MA
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Some great stuff, some overhyped.”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

You won't be disappointed, especially the older works. The newer exhibits are sometimes not worth the effort, but that is true about a lot of contemporary art. Still the museum as a whole is worth visiting over and over. And don't miss the bathrooms on the lower floor.

Visited May 2014
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Whiting, Maine, United States
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83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A great collection”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to Smith College Museum of Art, they have a very nice, quality collection. The variety and scope of artists is amazing! Definitely worth a trip of three!

Visited May 2014
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