Econo Lodge The Springs
94 Route 7
New Ashford, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 458-7090
Fax: (413) 458-7092
Arts & Museums
What started as home for Francine and Sterling Clark's art collection in 1950 is now a full-scale institute featuring a museum, exhibitions and educational programs. The white-columned facilities are set in the lush natural surroundings of the green-treed hill and dale of the Berkshires. There is a fine collection of French Impressionist art as well as Renaissance and other 19th-century paintings. Admission is free from November through May.
Housed in a beautifully restored historic freight yard, over 25 exhibits on three floors portray a microcosm of America as told through the history of North Adams and the environment of the Berkshires. Exhibits include mills (cotton, shoes, machinery, electronics), farming, schools, immigration, religion, flora and fauna, politics, ballooning, railroad, replica of Fort Massachusetts barracks room and black light gallery. Changing temporary exhibit area and hands-on areas for children.
A life-size stegosaurus named Wally greets you at the Berkshire Museum, home to an aquarium, fine art gallery (paintings and sculptures from around the world) and natural history museum. Exhibits focus on regional history and science, especially making featured displays accessible to children. The 1903 museum was founded by Zenas Crane, grandson of the founder of Crane & Company. It is a popular place for weekend outings with families.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is located in North Adams in Berkshire County. It plays host to a series of visual art and performing art shows throughout the year. Artists are allowed to prepare their works like sculptures, paintings and more in large sizes, as the museum is gigantic. For performing arts, there are good venues, such as the Hunter Center, with excellent technical facilities. So come by for an interesting learning experience at this one of a kind museum. Two reasonably priced restaurants are also located on-site.
Kolok Gallery is a contemporary art gallery focused on recognizing emerging and mid-career, nationally and internationally-based artists through representation and/or exhibition.
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.
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.
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 fine gallery features the works of noted American sculptor Andrew DeVries.
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 unique art gallery showcases the art of self-taught artists who, without formal training, produce works that capture and display a
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.