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“small museum with big impact”

Norman Rockwell Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Stockbridge
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Owner description: Founded in 1969, this museum has the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings.
Hudson, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“small museum with big impact”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We enjoyed the special exhibit of dog paintings (which is running through November).
The museum is small, but it is set up well and the staff is knowledgeable.
The works of Rockwell are singular as the most recognizable commercial artwork that the U.S. has ever seen. This museum does a good job of elevating the work and showing the true mastery of craft that Rockwell possessed. Though much of the art was created for commercial purposes, his talents exceed many who produce art for the sake of art alone. His ability to capture a face, emotion, and tell a story is showcased within the walls of this building.

Visited July 2011
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Indianapolis
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“An Art Museum for the Ordinary American”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

Don't get me wrong. I like art museums, in small doses. An hour here, an afternoon there. This is a museum for those of use who like to enjoy a picture for it's story. What it tells you and the warm comfortable feeling you get viewing it' We spent over four hours there and could have used an hour or two more. Rockwell was an American story teller as much as an artist. Go, you'll learn about an extraordinary American and America itself.

Visited July 2011
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new york city, new york
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“Well worth an afternoon”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

We originally had planned to drop into the museum, then go on to sites which we thought would more interesting. Well, we were there when they closed the place. It's a very attractive museum, well done, with a little multimedia to give some context. One hall had every Saturday Evening Post cover Rockwell did. Another small room had his 4 freedoms paintings. We left with a much better appreciation of Rockwell, and very much enjoyed ourselves.

Visited June 2011
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“Interesting and engaging for kids and adults.”
Reviewed June 28, 2011

We loved the museum and studio. I would suggest basement and video first then..tour the galleries. Leave a fair amount of time for the Ice Age to Digital Age exibet.

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Pennsylvania, Usa
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“Universally enjoyable art museum”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge must be one of the most universally enjoyable art museums in the world. They display all of the covers of the Saturday Evening Post done by NR, as well as several galleries of original NR paintings. His studio is located on the grounds of the museum, moved from its original home in Stockbridge. Several galleries were occupied with an exhibit by another illustrator when we visited, but others’ work pales aside of the genius of Norman Rockwell. While the museum is of only of moderate size, it was wonderful to see such happy-art shared with the public. Wonderful!

Visited May 2011
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