My wife and I just got  back from Stockbridge, Massachussetts. We went for my birthday, and specifically to see the Norman Rockwell Museum. I had not been to Stockbridge since the mid-70s when I visited with my grandmother. At that time, the Rockwell Museum was located downtown, and Rockwell himself was still alive. Soon after, of course, he passed away, and later on a new museum was built some ways out of town. I have to say that the current museum gives away some of the intimacy of the old one. I was a little disappointed that more of his work was not on display as well. I remembered seeing a lot more of his work in the downtown museum. But I may not be remembering correctly. The main thing is that I got to go!

You are allowed to take pictures inside the museum as long as you don’t use flashes. So be sure to open up your lens, and use the highest ISO you can stand. In some cases you might have to use a tripod. I didn’t test that while there, and I am not sure how well it would be received by the guards, who watch everyone like hawks. Might be best to call ahead and see. I had my backpack full of equipment with me, and had to leave it in a locker that they provided for the purpose. All I could take was the camera. So, decide what camera you want to use and work within it’s limitations. But most of all, just sit and gaze in wonder at Rockwell’s talent. His art is truly ageless. A lot of critics then and now dismiss him, calling him a mere illustrator, but Rockwell had the last laugh. He has an entire museum dedicated to his work, and millions come to see it every year. Few other artists can make that claim. Here are a few of my favorite works:

Before the Shot

 Freedom from Want (one of the Four Freedom pieces)

 Freedom of Speech

 Detail from Freedom of Speech-note the intricacy of the face. Amazing detail work.

Museum information:
http://www.nrm.org/

Admission is:
Members Free!
$16.00 for adults
$14.50 for seniors 65+
$10.00 for college students with I.D.
$5.00 for children/teens ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under.
Hours are:
May-October and holidays: open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in July and August
November-April: Weekdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.