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“Mixed messages at the "museum"”

Norman Rockwell Museum
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Rutland
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Mixed messages at the "museum"”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

After a long morning, my husband and I wanted to take in some sights nearby where we were staying so we decided to come here. Online closing time is listed on various sites as both 4PM and 5PM. To ascertain what time they really closed, at 3:30PM my husband called ahead. He was told that the "museum" would be closing at 4PM, unless we were there in which case it would close at 5. What? Talk about mixed messages.
So we zoomed down to find out that we had to pay $6.50 each to get in. That's outrageous for a one-room show -- albeit a PACKED one room. What's more, the pieces the place (I'm loath to call it a museum, it's really just a gallery) has are not originals, so in some respects they're a dime a dozen.
They were wonderful to look at though. Norman Rockwell was an extraordinarily talented artist.
What this gallery did for me was whet my appetite to go to Stockbridge, Mass. to see the REAL Rockwell museum.
I'd say this is a good rainy day or late afternoon activity, but for what it is, it's not worth going inside and wasting daylight hours that can be spent in the wonderful outdoors of this beautiful state.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Chattytravelinbabe
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“What a nostalgic trip through history...”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We are so happy we "stopped in". This is a lovely little museum, self-guided and not fancy but with the most amazing collection of Norman Rockwell covers and illustrations. They start in the 1910s and go through to 1979 (when he died) and took us on a joyful, touching, journey through the times and events. We recommended it to others at our Inn and they came back so grateful for the recommendation. Don't miss it.

Visited August 2012
Thank pattigail1
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Long Island
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if you're in the area”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

The museum is packed full of magazine covers and other printed forms of Rockwell's work. It is a bit overwhelming in terms of the number of exhibits and would benefit from more insight into the background behind the paintings. Norman Rockwell was certainly prolific and it is interesting to see some less well-known pictures, advertisements and book illustrations.

Visited August 2012
Thank Llama11
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Potomac, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Not really a museum”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

This really isn't a museum in the traditional sense but more a gallery with a collection of Rockwell prints, memorabilia and collectibles displayed in a separate part of a framing and print shop. There is a 6.50 fee to see the collection but the gift shop area with many Rockwell prints/reproductions is free-of-charge (unless you buy something ;-)

Visited July 2012
1 Thank CarolJL1
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East Hanover
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Worth the Time”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

An look back through the twentieth century by the artist who probably captured the day to day activities and lives of Americans most effectively.

Visited July 2012
Thank Thomas M
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