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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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  • Chesterwood has several models of the Lincoln Memorial statue and a complete history of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor (in case you didn't know). The house is beautiful but for the extra bucks it...  more »
  • This artist designed the Lincoln memorial. I enjoyed the tour of his artwork and other interesting pieces. I learned about the history of the memorial. The home was closed to tourists for an hour and ...  more »
  • A very short distance from Norman Rockwell Museum, this is the home of sculptor Daniel Chester French. It houses exhibits of other artists in many different mediums.  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.
  • 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.
  • Really nice place. Beautiful grounds and very interesting museum.
  • It is an absolutely beautiful place with beautiful scenery.
  • Every year they host a contemporary art exhibit. This year there was a glass theme. There is something special about seeing art in a natural setting like the woodland path.

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