Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge

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Best known as the sculptor of the "Minute Man" in Concord, Massachusetts, and "Abraham Lincoln" for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., French and his family lived at Chesterwood from May through October for over thirty years. His plaster models and bronze sculptures of Lincoln as well as numerous other works are on view in the Barn Gallery exhibition "Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision" and in the artist's studio, which features his modeling tools and the objects he collected during his travels. At Chesterwood, you can also explore the formal gardens and woodland paths designed by French himself.
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  • We appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Daniel Chester French, the man who was responsible for the sculpture in the Lincoln Memorial and the Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington, DC. There ...  more »
  • My wife picked this spot and I went without realizing where we were going (except to follow the GPS, which they forewarned us not to follow). However, we found the place fine and was very surprised by...  more »
  • This well-preserved site features the house and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French. The house is lovely, and has a 10-minute film describing the highlights of French's career, as well as his fam...  more »
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  • Do NOT waste $18 for an admission if you are interested in viewing great French sculpture, as there is little to see. The so-called "Museum" has few (no?) full scale originals or reproductions, high-quality photographs, or even a list of places where you can view over 100 public works that French completed. Strictly plaster casts in the studios with little real insight. The house rooms are poorly interpreted. The garden does not contain any works by the master or his contemporaries. Feeling thoroughly ripped off.
  • I went to a wedding on the grounds and it was just beautiful. It was well maintained and at a perfect location
  • If you have seen the Lincoln Memorial, this was the studio and home of the designer. Well maintained country home and exhibit. $18 entry fee at the time of this note. 5 minutes drive from town center.
  • Walking through the woods is so relaxing, and having these great works of art, complementing nature beauty, makes this a wonderful experience.
  • Great little museum with lots to see and avail yourself of lots of knowledge!
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