Summer Series-Museum Edition

The snow is all but melted and the mud is slowly but surely drying up! These April showers will hopefully bring May flowers and we are thinking ahead to summer plans!

Welcome to the first in our series showcasing some of our favorite off season activities, road trips, and hangouts. We’ll share some popular Vermont “to-dos” and some of our favorite hidden gems!

First up, with the weather still somewhat unpredictable, we’re sharing some museums in the area that are worth checking out.

Mass MoCA

Did you know that one of the country’s largest contemporary art museums is just 45 minutes away? The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (Mass MoCA) is located in North Adams, a former mill town turned arts mecca. Mass MoCA itself is located in a campus of old industrial buildings, which allow expansive rooms for contemporary art installations, indoor and outdoor concert spaces, and two on-site restaurants. Visit their website for a full schedule of their exhibitions, concerts and events!

  • While in North Adams, be sure to stop at Korean Garden for some delicious authentic Korean food.

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

BMAC was founded in 1972 and is located in the town of Brattleboro on the banks of the Connecticut river. This contemporary art museum aims to bring people together through their ever changing exhibits and educational programs. Open everyday but Tuesdays and with a packed event schedule a stop in to the museum is the perfect accompaniment to a stroll through downtown Brattleboro. For more information on exhibits and events visit their website.

  • Looking for a bite to eat and a beer? A visit to Brattleboro isn’t complete without popping into the Whetstone. They brew their own beer in house and even have fresh packed Crowlers to go!

Bennington Museum

Heading west from the Deerfield Valley will bring you into the village of Bennington. Located right on Rt 9, the museum features works from the New England and eastern New York state area from the 18th century to present. The ongoing exhibition that is the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse is not to be missed. The one room schoolhouse was moved to the museum grounds in 1972 and dates back to the late 1800’s. Check out their website for more info on hours and admission.

  • After your tour through the museum head over to The Publyk House for a meal with a killer view!