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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  • October 1, 2017
    I wasn't sure if this was going to be another gimmicky museum here in the Berkshires, but to my surprise this was a very interesting museum.. You can go through it quickly and the staff are all very k...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Pretty setting. The video provides an excellent overview. Wish more of the house was open to the public, as the furnishings were interesting. The gardens were being set up for a tent wedding. Many out...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Absolutely loved the serenity of this place and enjoyed learning about this incredibly talented American sculptor, Daniel Chester French who created the Lincoln Memorial.The family home is beautiful i...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    Really nice place. Beautiful grounds and very interesting museum.
  • June 27, 2017
    It is an absolutely beautiful place with beautiful scenery.
  • October 9, 2016
    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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