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Arts & Museums
Maintained by the Amherst Historical Society, the Amherst History Museum in the 1750 Strong House "takes visitors on a journey from the town's colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present." The period rooms of the Amherst History Museum are filled with decorative arts, paintings, household implements, agricultural tools and more, including pewter plates, blue and white Staffordshire china, an 18th century grandfather clock and a Victorian calling card holder. Rotating exhibits, special programming, and educational tours are offered throughout the year.
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the public: The Evergreens, home to Emily's brother Austin, and The Homestead, where she lived and where her numerous unpublished poems were found after her death.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.
Dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson
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.
More than 200,000 objects spanning a dozen different types of natural history collections that have been acquired through expeditions, exchanges, donations and purchases from the 1820's to the present from local areas, Africa, Asia, and South and Central America can be found at the Amherst College Museum of Natural History. The Hitchcock Ichnology Collection continues to be the largest fossil track collection in the world and one of the most studied.
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.
Educational, visual, and performing arts programs are offered at the UMass Fine Arts Center.
A museum of local history and a large collection of historic objects. The museum campus consists of three historic houses all on their original sites.
Alfredo's exhibits beautiful photographic art from various artists.
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.