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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.
San Francisco
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34 reviews
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“Do not miss”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

A fascinating trip through Norman Rockwell's life, one of the highlights of our trip. Located in Stockbridge, MA, a beautiful and historical town, we were struck by the beauty of the both the museum and the grounds.

Visited October 2013
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Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
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“Love Norman Rockwell”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Wonderful exhibit, and many of the paintings moved me to tears. I'm glad the floors were carpeted and there were benches about to get off my feet. Norman Rockwell's studio was a short walk from the museum. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. The admission price ($16.00 for adult) was a little high. There was plenty of parking available. The gift shop was very nice.

Visited October 2013
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“The docent 'talks' make it come alive.”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I would definitely recommend you listen to one of the docent 'talks' about the artwork as it will make it much more meaningful and 'come alive'.

Along with the Norman Rockwell galleries, there was an exhibit by Jarvis Rockwell (Norman's son) of his paintings since youth and a collection of collectible figurines. It was all a bit weird and 'out there', but interesting all the same.

There was also an exhibit on 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' with lots of cells and behind the scenes information about the making of the movie. Whether you're a Disney fan or not, it's fascinating.

I also found Norman Rockwell's studio interesting. From the main building, you can walk across the beautiful grounds and enter his studio and the docent will tell you about it. It's here that we learned a lot of his works were lost in a fire, which could explain why more art isn't on display in the museum and why they pad it out with other exhibitors.

There were expensive sandwiches for purchase in the cafe, out in a permanent tented area, but if you're there several hours, you'll probably want something to eat.

There's also a quality gift store wit the usual mugs, posters, etc.

Free parking on the grounds of the museum.

Be sure to visit the town of Stockbridge and it's quaint high street. We found the accommodation in Stockbridge rather pricey however, and stayed in nearby Lee.

Visited August 2013
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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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