Norman Rockwell Museum (7 miles)
This museum in Stockbridge celebrates the life and works of Norman Rockwell, showcasing a vast collection of his original paintings and covers for the Saturday Evening Post.
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home (3.4 miles)
This national historic landmark in Lenox offers tours of the house and gardens, special exhibits, and cultural events.
Berkshire Botanical Garden (8.4 miles)
Featuring 15 acres of beautifully cultivated gardens and collections, the Berkshire Botanical Garden offers workshops, special events, and educational programs.
Hancock Shaker Village (13.8 miles)
A living history museum in Pittsfield that brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. It features 20 historic buildings, extensive gardens and trails, and a significant Shaker furniture and artifacts collection.
Mass MoCA (35 miles)
At the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) you can experience the making and showing of contemporary art. The museum is located in nearby North Adams MA, only 50 minutes from Tanglewood. It offers art galleries, performing arts venues, and a variety of educational programs and special events.
Chesterwood (6 miles)
In Stockbridge MA lies the former summer home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, the creator of the Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chesterwood is now a museum showcasing French’s work.
Berkshire Theatre Group (7 miles)
Created in 2010, the Berkshire Theatre Group is a performing arts organization in Stockbridge MA that presents theater, music, dance, and family programs on multiple stages.
Clark Art Institute (25.5 miles)
The Clark Art Institute is an art museum located in Williamstown MA that has a large collection of European and American art. The museum also hosts special exhibitions, education programs, and special events.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (15 miles)
Situated in Lenox, this museum offers scenic train rides on vintage equipment and has exhibits which detail the history of railroading in the Berkshires.
Barrington Stage Company (15 miles)
North of Tanglewood in Pittsfield MA the Barrington Stage Company is a professional award-winning Equity theater which hosts musicals, plays, and new performances.
In addition to Tanglewood, there are several other music and arts festivals in the Berkshires. These include the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Group’s performances, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
The towns near Tanglewood offer a variety of unique shopping experiences. There’s something for everyone, from antiques and art galleries in Stockbridge to boutiques and gourmet food shops in Lenox.
Hiking and outdoor activities
While experiencing a show at Tanglewood we recommend that you explore the Berkshire’s natural beauty by checking out one of the many outdoor activities. Here are a few recommendations:
October Mountain State Forest
The October Mountain State Forest provides extensive trails for hiking and mountain biking and also contains camp sites. It is the largest state forest in Massachusetts.
Take a hike to the highest point in Massachusetts, and you can see up to 90 miles away on a clear day.
Bash Bish Falls
This state park features Massachusetts’ highest single-drop waterfall, offering a spectacular sight and fantastic photo opportunities.
Music and arts festivals
Immerse yourself in Berkshire’s vibrant arts scene. Here are some festivals you can check out:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Known for its high-quality productions, this festival has been a launchpad for many shows that eventually make it to Broadway.
Berkshire Theatre Group
This performing arts organization offers a range of productions, from classic plays to new works, throughout the year.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
A National Historic Landmark, Jacob’s Pillow is the longest-running dance festival in the U.S., offering a unique mix of performances, workshops, and talks.