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Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, Massachusetts
By Mark Traston

The Norman Rockwell Museum is located in Stockbridge Massachusetts. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern and founded in 1969, it has been at its current location since 1993. Mr. Rockwell lived the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge. This museum houses the largest collection of Norman Rockwell art and other memorabilia. 574 of Mr. Rockwell's original creations can be seen there as well as pictures, correspondence from his fans and etc.

The museum is open November through April from 10:00 a.m through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All weekends, holiday and weekdays in the months of May through October , hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00. From May until the ninth of November, visitors can also tour the Stockbrigde studio which is located on the museum grounds. This can be done from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This studio is not handicapped accessible but the museum itself is.

Members can get in free and up to five of those who are 18 and younger can get in free with one adult paid admission. Admission fees are 15.00 for adults $13.50 for seniors and $ 10 for college students who can be identified as such. Parking is free. Audio tours are also available for a fee. The Terrace Cafe is open seasonally on site and serves sandwiches salads and such. The cafe's website can be viewed at cafecontact@nrm.org

A variety of exhibits can be enjoyed throughout the year. "Highlights From The Collection" exhibition is a collection of a variety of original works by Mr. Rockwell. The items include: paintings, pictures, drawings and etc. that represent the history of his career and his life. Among the famous works in this collection are: "The Four Freedoms Paintings". These were inspired by the State of the Union Address that was given by President Roosevelt. "Girl in the Mirror" and "Triple Self-Portrait" are on also display in this exhibition.

From June 7 - October 26, 2008 visitors to the museum can see "Raw Nerve! The Political Art of Steve Brodner". Steve's artwork reflects, with political satire, the nations leaders of the past and the impending election of a president. Probably most Americans think of the cover pictures on the Saturday Evening Post when they think of Norman Rockwell. There are 323 of them on display at the museum and cover the time period of 1916 - 1953

Until November 16, 2008 the "Norman Rockwell, Illustrator in Chief" will be on display, featuring Mr. Rockwell's illustrations of presidential candidates from 1952-1968.

A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum would be fairly cost effective, educational in American history and enjoyed by many, whatever their age.

Mark Traston is an associate with Portrait Painting. The company specializes in turning a photo to painting. Each portrait artist specializes in a specific area including wedding paintings, pet portraits, and executive portraits.

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