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Northampton, MA 01060
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Arts & Museums
Alfredo's exhibits beautiful photographic art from various artists.
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.
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.
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 Children's Museum at Holyoke provides participatory exhibits and educational programs that invite the interaction of children and adults to promote enjoyable learning and self-discover in the arts, sciences, and the world around them."
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.
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.
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.
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.