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America's Best Small-Town Museums

Towns like Old Lyme, CT, and Springville, UT, offer outsize collections of Impressionist paintings, modern installations, and folk art—without the big-city crowds.

Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

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The repurposed 19th-century brick buildings that make up Mass MoCA’s 13-acre campus are forever linked with northwestern Massachusetts’ industrial heritage. These buildings housed textile manufacturers, then Sprague Electric Company, which produced parts for the atomic bomb and the Gemini spacecraft. When Sprague left in 1985, the site was historically significant but unwieldy—a superfund contamination site also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The director of the Williams College Museum of Art came looking for a raw space for larger-than-life installations. After more than a decade of renovations, Mass MoCA opened in 1999. Now artist residencies mean that works of art—visual, music, dance, film, theater—are being created on the very same floors where forward-thinking advances have been developed for 150 years. $15.

America's Best Small-Town Museums

Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

The repurposed 19th-century brick buildings that make up Mass MoCA’s 13-acre campus are forever linked with northwestern Massachusetts’ industrial heritage. These buildings housed textile manufacturers, then Sprague Electric Company, which produced parts for the atomic bomb and the Gemini spacecraft. When Sprague left in 1985, the site was historically significant but unwieldy—a superfund contamination site also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The director of the Williams College Museum of Art came looking for a raw space for larger-than-life installations. After more than a decade of renovations, Mass MoCA opened in 1999. Now artist residencies mean that works of art—visual, music, dance, film, theater—are being created on the very same floors where forward-thinking advances have been developed for 150 years. $15.

Zoran Orlić
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