MASS MoCA, North Adams

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In a converted factory complex, MASS MoCA features 19 galleries of contemporary visual arts and performing arts. Spread over 9,300 sq m (100,000 sq ft) of space, the center also hosts festivals and performances of artists from around the world. At the center of the campus, you'll discover more than 100 monumental wall drawings and paintings that occupy nearly a quarter of the wall space. Contemplate the urban spaces depicted through feelings of desire, loss, and culture, produced by 10 different artists. Look up before you enter the museum, as there are six suspended inverted trees growing from above. For travelers who use our international travel planner, North Adams holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the MASS MoCA and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • For modern art, there's no place like MASS MoCA. The sprawling spaces allow them to display pieces too large for other museums. The permanent Turrell exhibition is mind-bending. So much to see, it's.....  more »
  • We stopped here based on reviews. Contemporary art is not our favorite but the way all of the art was displayed in this awesome space made for quite an enjoyable experience. The way the buildings...  more »
  • Went to see a performance in the Hunter Center and it was absolutely amazing! Not to mention the 250,000 square feet of gallery space! If you attend a show, you're granted admission to the gallery for $10 (MORE THAN WORTH IT, EVEN FOR A FULL PRICE ADMISSION). There's so much unique art on display that there wasn't even enough time to see it all before the show. Will definitely be going back as soon as possible! Highly recommend for ANY person, young and old who enjoys art!
  • A gem in the middle of the woods. The building and the feeling of it’s own history is one of the best “installations” in the museum. So even if at some point you end up scratching your head about a specific exhibit that you’re having a hard time justifying as art, just take a breath, walk around and look at the space itself. The sheer size of it, the layers that had been added through the years then scraped away, the influence of time itself without the slightest intention of art, the light streaming through the former factory, the ghosts of some forgotten everyday life. It’s an interesting place. Saw Roomful Of Teeth last night. Great performance. I really need to come more often to see these shows. The big question is, “where the hell do you go when the show is over at 10:30pm? If you’re from anywhere besides north Adams you’ll be driving home on some dark and windy road. Maybe a hotel or air B and B is a good idea for future concert visits.
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