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Norman Rockwell Museum of Massachusetts

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Norman Rockwell Museum of Massachusetts, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest museum dedicated to showing Rockwell's artwork.

With the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, it was founded in 1969. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, it remains the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

The Museum was original housed at the Old Corner House on Stockbridge's Main Street. In 1993, the Museum was moved to its current location at 9 Glendale Road.

Situated on a 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, the Museum also boasts a magnificent view outside.

Housing a Great Collection

The Museum also houses the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell's work, including 574 original paintings and drawings. Some of the original works included in the Museum's permanent collection are The Marriage License (1955) and Christmas Homecoming (1948), two favorites from the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, among many others.

Some of the other paintings include the following. This is not an exhaustive list. After al, the Museum owns over 500 original Norman Rockwell paintings,

  • Freedom of Speech (1943)
  • Freedom to Worship (1943)
  • Freedom from Fear (1943)
  • Freedom from Want (1943)
  • Ye Glutton (1923)
  • Daniel Boone, Pioneer Scout (1914)
  • A Scout Is Helpful (1939)
  • Girl Reading the Post (1941)
  • The Law Student (Young Lawyer) (1927)
  • No Swimming (1921)
  • Going and Coming (1947)
  • Mine America's Coal (1944)
  • Artist Facing Blank Canvas (Deadline) (1938)
  • Boy in Dining Car (1946)
  • The Discovery (1956)
  • Girl at Mirror (1954)
  • Day in the Life of a Girl (1952)
  • Christmas Trio (1923)
  • Triple Self Portrait (1960)
  • Family Tree (1959)
  • War News (1943-44)
  • Art Critic (1955)
  • The Road Led Through the Passes in the Hills (1914)
  • Merrie Christmas: Robust Man With Whip (1929)
  • Welcome to Elmville (1929)
  • Strictly a Sharpshooter (1941)
  • Crossed Signals (1913)
  • The Book of Romance (1927)
  • Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus
  • The Stay at Homes (Outward Bound) (1927)
  • Checkers (1928)
  • Rural Vacation (Family Grace) (1938)
  • Aunt Ella Takes a Trip (1942)
  • The Problem We All Live With (Schoolgirl with U.S.Marshalls) (1964)
  • Portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson (1964)
  • Triple Portrait of Lyndon B Johnson (1964)
  • Portrait of Barry Goldwater (1964)
  • The Longest Step (Grissom and Young Suiting Up) (1965) (study )
  • Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi) (1965)
  • How Goes the War on Poverty (1966) (a study )
  • The Peace Corps (JFK's Bold Legacy) (1966)
  • The Peace Corps in India (1966)
  • The Peace Corps in Bogota, Columbia (1966)
  • The Recruit (1966)
  • Negro in the Suburbs (Moving In) (1967)
  • Education (Russian Schooolroom) (1964) (a study )
  • The Puzzling Case of Richard Nixon (Portrait) (1968)
  • Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy (1968)
  • Portrait of John F. Kennedy (1960)
  • Portrait of Nelson A. Rockefeller (1968)
  • Portrait of Eugene McCarthy (1968)
  • Portrait of Hubert Humphrey (1968)
  • The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Moon (Two Men on the Moon) (1969) (a study )
  • Uneasy Christmas in the Birthplace of Peace (Christmas Eve in Bethlehem) (1969)
  • Norman Rockwell's 78th Spring (Springtime in Stockbridge) (1971)
  • Audubon (1971) (a study )
  • Three Astronauts (1969) (unused sketch)
  • Portrait of Lady Bird Johnson (1964) (a study )
  • Portrait of Peggy Goldwater (1964) (a study )
  • The Saturday People (1966)
  • Home for Christmas (Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas) (1967)
  • Lift Up Thine Eyes (1969) (a study )
  • Spring Flowers (1969)
  • The Magic Foot-ball (1914)
  • A Double Gift (Two Girls in a Rowboat) (1915)
  • The Ungrateful Man (1917)
  • The Land of Enchantment (1934) (a study )
  • The New Tavern Sign (Colonial Gentleman) (1936)
  • The New Tavern Sign (King George III Inn) (1936)
  • The New Tavern Sign (George Washington Inn) (1936)
  • The New Tavern Sign (Colonial Gentleman) (1936)
  • Ichabod Crane (1937)
  • Norman Rockwell Paints America at the Polls (Election Day) (1944)
  • Norman Rockwell Visits a Family Doctor (1947)
  • Norman Rockwell Visits a County Agent (1948) (a study )
  • Lincoln for the Defense (1962)
  • Son of David (Adoration of the Magi) (1941)
  • Blood Brothers (late 1960's) (a study )
  • Pride-O-Body (1916)
  • Huck Finn Praying in a Closet (1940) (a study )
  • John Sergeant and Chief Konkapot (1972-1976)
  • Several Poor Richard's Almanacks (1960) (studies)
  • Several Willie Was Different (1967)
  • Numerous Portraits
  • Numerous Stagecoach Portraits (1966)
  • Numerour Biblical Sketches (1964)

You can see highlights of the collection here.

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Rockwell resided in Stockbridge for the final 25 years of his life. Rockwell's Stockbridge studio was moved to the Museum site and is open for public viewing and enjoyment from May through October. The studio exhibit features original art materials, his library, furnishings, and some personal items.

The Museum is also home to the Norman Rockwell Archives. This is a collection of more than 100,000 Rockwell items. The Archives includes working photographs, both of Rockwell working and also photos he used in his work. Many letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents are also exhibited.

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Beautiful Web Presentation

The Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts has a beautiful website. It is extremely functional and educational as well.

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Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibitions on the Road

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, an exhibition featuring several original Norman Rockwell paintings, will be touring the country through June 2013. I will see you there. Here is the schedule:

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday November 14, 2009 – Sunday February 7, 2010

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
March 7, 2010 through May 30, 2010

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
November 6, 2010 - January 30, 2011

Tacoma Art Museum, Washington
February 26, 2011 - May 30 , 2011

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
November 12, 2011 – February 5, 2012

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
November 10, 2012 - February 2, 2013

Crystal Bridges Mus. of Amer. Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
March 7, 2013 - June 2, 2013

Some Quotes From Visitors

The Norman Rockwell Museum blew me away. It even impressed my hard-to-impress young teen daughter. The setting is gorgeous, with a considerately laid out well designed brand-new building. The impact of experiencing Rockwell's work, including many of his less-familiar pieces, is simply amazing to see in person.
If you like art you can understand, then the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge Massachusetts is the museum for you to visit.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent there.
We both loved this museum. ... You could easliy spend half a day there.

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Norman Rockwell Quotes:

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

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Rockwell Favorites

Doctor and the Doll
Doctor and the Doll
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Santa at His Desk
Santa at His Desk
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Before the Shot
Before the Shot
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Game Called Because of Rain
Game Called Because of Rain (Three Umpires)
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Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Speech
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Freedom from Want
Freedom from Want
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No Swimming
No Swimming
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The Runaway
The Runaway
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Girl at the Mirror
Girl at the Mirror
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Tattoo Artist
Tattoo Artist
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Puppy Love
Puppy Love
(Little Spooners)
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Norman Rockwell Christmas and Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Galleries are open.

Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
Norman Rockwell Santa Claus
Gallery is open!

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