The Norman Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts was understandably packed with visitors when we were there on a mellow spring day. It has a wide range of exhibits, excellent tour guides, an interactive media center, and a fantastic exhibit on the lower floor that shows the history of the United States as depicted through Life magazine covers that Rockwell illustrated.
You can also visit his studio and see the way he set it up to get the best lighting, space for placing models, and books he consulted.
And you can pretty much take care of all of your Christmas shopping in their gift shop. Even for your dog.
Stockbridge remains a charming small town. We also enjoyed visiting the Country Curtains signature shop at the Red Lion, the 1862 Seasons on Main, and the Mission House, just down the road a piece. The population of Stockbridge is approximately 2,000 residents.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is the ninth stop on Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 1!