Every now and again I try to get off campus for a full day on the weekends, I thought I would make a couple of posts that highlight some fun things to do in the area during a weekend day trip. This post focuses on Museums.
Also known as The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is in nearby North Adams. In the picture above is Sol LeWitt’s last installation: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. They have a lovely restaurant cafe and weekly performances and events so you can make a full day out of it. Wilco also plays their “Solid Sound” concert in the summer.
In Stockbridge MA, this museum has what feels like the complete collection of Norman Rockwell’s work. The above photo of Curious George was taken in the lobby during a show dedicated to the work of Margret and H. A. Rey, the creators of Curious George. In the town of Stckbridge there is a wonderful main street with a general store that has the most amazing ice cream from SOCO Creamery (which I first found out about while listening to an ice cream special on VPR).
Located in Bennington’s Historic district, the Bennington Museum is a historical collection of artifacts from the Battle of Bennington, pots and vessels from Bennington Potter’s long ceramic tradition, the work of Grandma Moses, and many other things that have to do with Bennington’s history and modern cultural artifacts.
(photo cred: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/acidgalore/4532803983/)
Only 30 minutes away in Williamstown, MA, The Clark holds the private collection of Sterling and Francine Clark as well as research and academic programs. Williamstown also has a lovely cafe where you will often find Williams students studying and some super yummy Indian food and Sushi!
Also in Williamstown, MA, the WCMA has a wonderful and diverse collection. It is connected to the campus and is a great addition to an afternoon at the Williams College library.
I only just heard that Lincoln’s vacation house was located 20 minutes away in Manchester, VT. New weekend plan: eat at Up For Breakfast, a yummy diner style breakfast only restaurant in Manchester, and then go to Hildene for an afternoon of American History :).
One of the purposes of field work term is to help us figure out what we do and don’t like in a job. So far, full-time research in D.C. with the National Mall only five metro stops away and countless coffee shops to work in and cheap eats all around and a handful of great people to hang out with and a schedule I can create myself and talking to the most famous people in the archaeology, museum, and cultural heritage fields is ok, I guess.
- Meg ‘12