Black Swan Inn, an Ascend Collection Hotel
435 Laurel Street
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-2700
Fax: (413) 637-0798
Arts & Museums
This unique art gallery showcases the art of self-taught artists who, without formal training, produce works that capture and display a
This gallery has a commitment to the support of artists who work in various media, including fine lithographs known for their subtle shading effects, beautiful paintings, fine crafts, and American style art that reflects the history of the Berkshires area, while also offering custom framing services.
This fine gallery features the works of noted American sculptor Andrew DeVries.
This American Cubists' home and forty-six-acre estate has been transformed into an art gallery, and features an extensive collection of American and European Cubist art that includes murals, paintings, and sculptures; art by well known artists such as Picasso, Braque, Leger, and Gris is on display.
Origins features tribal and folk art that represents diverse regions and cultures, including Asian and African art, with such art objects as statues, masks, musical instruments, textiles, terra cotta, stone sculptures and more.
Teardrops of glass and sculptures resembling frozen blue, red, and yellow comets hang from the ceiling lights and rest on stands in the Schantz Galleries, which used to be called Holsten Galleries. This Stockbridge gallery, founded in 1978, features contemporary glass creations from artists from all over the world. The creations are on display seven days a week at the gallery, which attracts world-wide collectors of art and glass sculpture.
While physically located in Lenox, this unique museum also features an online gallery and store, featuring artifacts, books, and collections of sacred art, meditation aids, ritual objects, shamanistic items, and many other objects, from antique to modern, from all around the world and from diverse cultures.
This museum features the largest single collection of Norman Rockwell works in the world. Exhibitions include many of Rockwell's famous Saturday Evening Post cover art, as well as other well known works like "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas." This museum tries to convey the classic American spirit and the spirit of the American Dream through this beloved artist's work. Apart from Rockwell's work, the museum also features other special illustration exhibitions such as The Illustrated Posters of WWI, The World of the Graphic Novel and The Art of the New Yorker.
Daniel Chester French, best known as sculptor of Abraham Lincoln in Washington's Lincoln Memorial and the Minute Man statue, lived and worked in Western Massachusetts from May to October. In the winter months, he and his studio up and moved to New York City. The house is situated on 122 acres (50 hectares) of beautiful in a small town outside of Stockbridge called Glendale. This residence is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and open to the public from August to October.
The Berkshire County Historical Society's archives and library are in a 20th-century addition of the Herman Melville estate. An array of educational programming such as free monthly lectures in the Arrowhead Barn Visitors Center, artifacts on Berkshire families, a birthday party for Herman Melville, and an August Monument Mountain climb commemorating the famous meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are only a few of the monthly activities.
Built in the 1750 by Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, the first minister of the community, the Bidwell House Museum is located on the Art School Road. Drawing inspiration from Greek Revival and Classic Colonial styles of architecture, the house was once the very center of the township. In 1960 two fashion designers, came upon the ownership of the mansion, after which they would spend the next 25 years restoring the house with most of the original artwork and furniture owned by Adonijah Bidwell until 1982 when it would be enlisted in the US National Register of Historic Places. The property now serves as a museum highlighting the local history of Monterey which is open from Thursdays through Mondays between 11a and 4p.
The western Berkshires region is known as "Shaker Country." This village, composed of 20 historic buildings and galleries, is open daily for self-guided and staff-guided tours. Explore the Round Stone Barn, farm, and water-powered machine shop in what was an active Shaker community up until 1960. There are loads of events for the whole family to enjoy at the Hancock Shaker Village, so expect great seasonal activities no matter when you visit.