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“What a great take”

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.
Cape Cod
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“What a great take”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The only drawback was that the audio tour was not as extensive as it could have been...HOWEVER, they did reduce the price of it because of that. Otherwise this was a beautiful collection that brought back many memories of what life used to be like!. The Saturday Evening Post gallery was fabulous and the movie clip they had on a continuous loop was excellent. They even had a Docent give a 1/2 hour talk of his life and doings in the main gallery. Well worth the price of admission!

Visited October 2013
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“Wish there were more paintings on show”
Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Was very keen to see this gallery as think that his work is great. We were just in time for a 15 minute introduction talk which was helpful in giving some background and talking about some of the paintings on show.
The video (12 mins) and the gallery of the Saturday Post covers in the basement were very interesting - bought a little book of the SP covers as it is impossible to look at all of them on the walls.
Two negatives -
1. Why charge extra for the audio tour (this seems to be the case for most places we have been here but they could be included in the ticket price)
2. The person giving the overview talk said they had about 600 (?) of his paintings so was disappointed that so few were actually on show. Instead there were 4 rooms given over to an exhibition about first Disney animated film. Could have used most of this space for more Rockwells!!

Visited October 2013
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New Jersey
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“Wonderful museum”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

So worth the drive to see this museum and all the great paintings of Norman Rockwell. Along with the museum with his works it was a joy to see his studio. Hearing of his life was very interesting and how so many local people inspired a lot of his work.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“worth the visit”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

we actually went to this museum last year on our way home from Vermont. very much enjoyed the museum and nice gift shop
and of course we purchased a nice book with some of his popular works

Visited October 2013
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“All a bit twee for me”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

I bought a dual ticket at MOCA in North Adams that gets you admission to both places for $26.

I knew nothing about Rockwell or his work - and only know a little more now. He was an illustrator (and a very good one) for the Saturday Evening Post.

The entire story is told in a 12-minute video in a room downstairs that is lined with his Post covers from the early 20s to the late 60s.

Upstairs, on the ground level, are his original drawings of those same covers plus advertisements he painted for companies.

Rockwell himself said his pictures were not art - and they are not. For the British they are like looking at pages from old Ladybird or Janet & John books. And while they celebrate a changing United States, the Post covers don't actually document or even mark world events (apart from, maybe, the assassination of JFK).

All too Uncle Sam and Apple Pie for me, I'm afraid. And once you've seen the 12-minute video the rest of the place adds nothing new.

There was also a Disney exhibition about the making of the original Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, which didn't interest me.

The museum is really only worth visiting if you're American and used to read the Post.

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