Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Norman Rockwell Museum

Rockwell's Studio - poor photo on a rainy day.

 

Views of the valley from the front of the studio.

 

 

Summer cottage also on the grounds.

 

Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

Fall decorations in front of the Red Lion Inn.

That big pumpkin would make alot of pies!


(Ron Writing) After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon we walked over to tour the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell was born in New York and lived most of his life there and in Vermont. But he spent his last 20 years in Stockbridge, MA and this is where he did some of his best work.

The museum has an extensive collection of the original oil paintings that were created for the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Also his famous Four Freedoms and some of his later works that explored social issues of the day. Another gallery has a very large collection of the actual covers from the Post that carried his illustrations. The Norman Rockwell Archives, a vast repository of the artist’s papers and reference photographs, is on the lower level of the museum. Also on the beautiful 13-acre grounds is his last and most loved studio that was moved here from his homesite a couple miles away.

It was very busy in the studio with several tour buses and a parking lot full of cars. The museum gets over 200,000 visitors every year and I suspect this is one of the busiest times with people in the area to enjoy the fall foliage. We spent several hours at the museum and then also touring his studio. The docents in the museum gave several talks during the time we were there. They did an outstanding job explaining Rockwell’s illustrations and they gave us a much deeper appreciation for the talent of this outstanding artist. I know, he was an illustrator and not an “artist”, but I consider his work art!

No photography was allowed inside the museum or the studio.

After leaving the museum we drove a couple miles into the town of Stockbridge to walk around the downtown area and also to look around the very old Red Lion Inn. The original Red Lion Inn was built in the 1700’s, burned down in the mid 1800’s and was rebuilt on the same location. It is still being operated as an inn, restaurant, and tavern.

We left Stockbridge late this afternoon and drove south on US-7 to Canaan, Connecticut. Then we headed southeast on US-44 to Hartford, CT and a short distance east to Manchester where we stopped at Sam’s Club to do a little shopping. We are parked at Sam’s for the night.

It rained most of the day so it was a good time to spend indoors at a museum. The weather forecast is better for tomorrow.



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