MASS MoCa A Feast Of Creativity In Berkshires

What makes MASS MoCa such a wonderful place to visit is the breadth of the delights one finds there. Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, about 50 miles north of the Inn, MASS MoCa makes for a fun day trip.

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Short for Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, MASS MoCa does what all great art museums do: it delights and challenges us with with a vast diversity of creative works. The galleries themselves are a work of art—spacious and open with lots of natural light, and filled with the works of well-known and emerging artists.

There are nine current exhibits in the galleries. One, called 50 Days, is artist Chris Domenick’s rethinking of mass-produced wallpaper. Another, from photographer Tanja Hollandere, uses photos of her 626 Facebook friends in a commentary on modern culture. With these and the other exhibits, expect the unexpected!

While a major focus of the museum is on the visual arts, it devotes equal energy to the performing arts, offering more than 75 performances a year including contemporary dance, progressive bluegrass, dance parties, silent movies, and avant-garde theater. A listing of upcoming shows is on the MASS MoCa website. Before leaving the museum, be sure to walk through the outdoor courtyards. They were developed in the late 19th Century and are often used for the museum’s performance art.

1040 MASS MoCa Way, North Adams, MA
Winter and Spring: Wednesday – Monday, 11:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Summer (beginning June 25, 2017): Sunday – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Adults/$18, Seniors and Veterans/$16, Students with ID/$12, Kids 6-16/$8, Kids 5 and under/free

North Adams—which claims to be Massachusetts’ smallest city—is a delightful place with a good selection of restaurants for lunch or dinner before you head back to the Inn. Come visit us soon and take it all in!

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