By Susan Farewell
As the author of several books about New England, I’m frequently asked to recommend places to visit while traveling in the northeast—often by visitors from abroad. I almost always make this one recommendation (among others): the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. As far as I’m concerned, no place better captures the spirit of 20th-century America.
The museum, which is in a serene country setting in the Berkshires, holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work including paintings, drawings, photographs, letters and materials. It also rotates exhibits of The Saturday Evening Post covers he did, which chronicle life in the United States in the most delightful way.
In addition to the museum’s permanent collections, there are always wonderful temporary exhibits. The museum also has offers many workshops (art, photography, and animation) for kids, adults and families.
The above photo for Norman Rockwell's SodaJerk, 1953 is by Gene Pelham. Photo montage by Ron Schick. Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing, Niles, IL. The original Norman Rockwell painting, Soda Jerk, 1953, was oil on canvas. It was a cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, August 22, 1953.Copyright 1953 SEPS. Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN. Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Bequest of Willard Loos.