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There's a lot of history in the Berkshires. From Norman Rockwell's studio to Susan B. Anthony's birthplace, you'll find a piece of America's past at just about every bend in the Berkshires. Embrace of a bit of the Berkshires culture while you're here and take advantage of the area's music and theater scene. The cultural scene here is very local, but very well-known as the starting point for many national performers. Most of the cultural activities take place from June to August, so performers and guests can enjoy the outdoors. If you're here during the summer months, don't miss a stop to Tanglewood — home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra — for a night of music under the stars. Jacob's Pillow is a summer music and dance festival that takes place in Lee, Mass., and features various performances and live events throughout the grounds daily. Many of the museums, including the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Mount (the home of Edith Wharton), host exhibits and lectures throughout the year that focus on the Berkshires trendy art and theater scene.
A small New England village where writers and robber barons built splendid estates, Lenox and the surrounding area are known to be rich in culture and history. Tanglewood Music Center is alive with the sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as popular artists in concert. The Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage, Shakespeare & Company and Williamstown Theater Festival are popular among theater-goers. Jacob’s Pillow is home to an exciting dance festival. The Clark Institute, MassMOCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum round out one’s visit.