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Norman Rockwell Museum
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Rutland
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

The term museum is a bit pretentious for this place but if you are a Norman Rockwell fan you'll appreciate the visit anyway. There is a small entrance fee and you can walk through the gallery. There are some audio guides providing informations about the artist and the covers displayed.
There is so much to look at but it is so packed in a small space that it is somehow overwhelming.
This collection would certainly deserve a much larger housing, in order to give every piece the space it deserves. Norman Rockwell's illustrations provide such a beautiful insight of our history, the details and the expression of the people featured tell a story on their own that this pleasant stop is worth your time and money. The gift shop is lovely. You can buy prints of NR works and you can also find other notable works from local artists for sale at reasonable price. I think they offer framing too. No public restrooms in the facility.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

After having visited the NormaN Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires, this location was disappointing. When we initially walked in, there was a strong smell of mustiness in the air and the docent informed us that she was "used to it". We could not get used to it, however. The Gift Shop was actually larger than the actual museum and it seemed the property was more concerned with selling prints and paraphenalia than emphasizing the rich heritage of this American artist through informative displays. For Rockwell lovers who can't get enough, this can be an enjoyable experience, but we couldn't get past the air quality to really enjoy it.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

You could spend hours here. Amazing what a body of work Rockwell had. This was an unexpected stop for us but well worth it.

Thank AttyWSW
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Great to see his style evolve. Loved the kitsch set up. Large choice of prints in the gift shop, you can even buy them framed for a reasonable price.

Thank srwatson
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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.

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