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Arts & Museums
The Mead Art Museum, located on the campus of Amherst College, houses a large collection of art from all over the world. From Rubens to Monet, the Mead Art Museum features major works by major artists, as well as such works as West African sculptures and Japanese prints. The Mead is open for the public to visit and admission is always free.
Come visit the birthplace of one of America's best-loved authors, Emily Dickinson, who was born here in December 1830. The famed poet spent most of her life here composing over 1800 poems. The property consists of two different residences that are open to the public: The Evergreens, home to Emily's brother Austin, and The Homestead, where she lived and where her numerous unpublished poems were found after her death. Visitors can see both houses through special guided and audio tours.
One of the region's great authors of children's books is Eric Carle, author and artist of the beloved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art consists of three galleries dedicated to picture book art and children's books. The museum also has a reading room, art center, and cafe. The Eric Carle Museum is a great place to introduce children to art via their favorite pictures and story books.
The Hampshire College Art Gallery exhibits works ranging from traditional media such as painting and sculpture, to installations and performance pieces. With works by graduate students, faculty, local artists and even some national and international artists, the Art Gallery helps support the teaching function of Hampshire College. The Art Gallery also hosts talks by artists and scholars from time to time.
The University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst features a permanent collection of more than 2500 works of contemporary art. The collection focuses on paintings, drawings and photography from the second half of the 20th Century. The University Gallery exhibitions include artist's lectures, symposia and film series, in addition to the regular schedule of exhibits.
The Smith College Museum of Art features four floors of numerous works in all mediums. Paintings, drawings, photography, and ancient artifacts are all well represented, and don't miss out on the 43 foot mural Nature and the Artist: The Work of Art and the Observer by well known Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo. The Smith College Museum of Art also hosts special exhibitions as well as special events such as gallery and artists talks. Admission is free the second Friday of the month.
The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum is a teaching museum with over 16,000 items in its permanent collection. The museum's permanent collection continues to grow each year through museum purchase and private gifts. The museum also hosts special exhibits on a regularly rotating basis, and in the past such exhibitions have included The Art of Devotion: Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy, Encounters: Faces of the Ancient Americas, and The "EK" Hadley Chest: A Collection Spotlight.
Located in the birthplace of volleyball, Holyoke, the Volleyball Hall of Fame stands as a "living memorial" to the sport of volleyball and the players, coaches and other people who have truly excelled at the highest level in the sport. Since 1987 the hall of fame has inducted over 110 members from over 20 countries and enjoys sponsorships from such organizations and companies as USA Volleyball, Spalding, and the YMCA.
Built in 1848, Wistariahurst Museum is a historic museum which offers a glimpse of the lives of William Skinner's two generations whose home this was till 1959. From the interior works to the art collections and manuscripts, everything takes you back to a different era. The museum also hosts various events, concerts, workshops and more to promote Holyoke's rich culture and history. The beautiful gardens and grounds are open daily but the museum is only for three days a week.
A series of 13 historic homes line Old Main Street in beautiful Deerfield, Massachusetts. Part of the campus of Deerfield Academy, Historic Deerfield allows visitors to tour the different homes to see what life was like during the 18th and 19th Centuries in this farming community. Deerfield also houses a working farm and garden, over 27,000 historic objects, and a comprehensive research library. The Flynt Center of Early New England Life is home to a variety of artwork and sits on several acres of lovely countryside. There is also a museum store that offers literature, trinkets and handicrafts relating to Deerfield's history.
The Titanic Historical Society Museum in Indian Orchard features a collection of artifacts owned by the Titanic Historical Society. The artifacts and works were mainly donated to the society's president, Edward S. Kamuda by survivors of the tragedy. The range of memorabilia is wide, and includes the original blueprints of the ship's tank top, Madeleine Astor's life jacket, dinner menus, crew communications, furniture, and more. One exhibit also examines the role the Titanic has played in popular media since the 1950s, featuring sheet music and movie posters.
Learn about the history of Springfield during the 19th and 20th Centuries at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. This 40,000 square-foot (.9 acres) museum shows how the city developed during the Industrial Revolution as well as the city's place in American history. You can walk through interesting exhibits, like the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History, the John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Exhibit, and the Automobile Gallery. The museum also hosts fun events.