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Festivals, modern art and funky exhibitions housed in old factory buildings are part of the revitalization of this former industrial center.

This small Berkshires town of North Adams is a big attraction for art lovers who come to appreciate its regeneration. Investigate street art and small independent galleries, as well as a large center for contemporary visual and performing arts.

Once an industrial hub, North Adams now buzzes with cultural activity. Explore the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, also known as MASS MoCA, a vast complex of 26 former factory buildings now dedicated to art, music, film, dance and theater. Spread over 13 acres (5 hectares), the institution showcases breathtaking works of large proportions that wouldn’t fit in more conventional galleries.

Find more art outside the famous museum. Discover many murals painted on walls in the surrounding streets, plus exhibits by students and faculty at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). See these works and art from international and national artists at Gallery 51, which hosts several exhibitions annually.

Attend cultural events year-round as part of MCLA Presents! Catch world-renowned and local artists at activities ranging from music festivals on the college grounds to poetry readings and theatrical events downtown. On the last Thursday of each month during the DownStreet Art festival many of the local art galleries, venues and restaurants stay open late. The festival runs from late June through mid-October. See works from local and national artists and speak with artists and curators.

The town celebrates its past as a major industrial center at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Learn about the Hoosac Tunnel, a railroad tunnel running through the Hoosac Mountains, linking Massachusetts to Albany. Watch a documentary detailing the tunnel’s history and experiment with a vintage floor scale used for weighing heavy loads. Check the schedule for concerts, lectures and other park events.

North Adams is a 50 mile (80 Kilometer) drive east of Albany. Buses connect it to Albany and to other major towns and cities in the region. If you want to explore the countryside and smaller towns, rent a car. With its trendy cafés, galleries and energetic atmosphere, North Adams is an ideal cultural getaway.

Top hotels in North Adams

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Berkshires
Holiday Inn Berkshires
3 out of 5
40 Main St, North Adams, MA
£105
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Located in the heart of North Adams, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Adams Public Library and Mass MoCA. Western Gateway Heritage State Park and Windsor ...

4.1/5Very Good! (625 reviews)

"My husband and I loved that it was a block away from the MOCA which was the whole purpose of our trip. And our dinner reservations were very close by too."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Holiday Inn Berkshires
The Porches Inn
The Porches Inn
3.5 out of 5
231 River Street, North Adams, MA
£161
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in the heart of North Adams, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Adams Public Library and Mass MoCA. Western Gateway Heritage State Park and Natural ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly. Rooms were nice and large. Great breakfast and service"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

The Porches Inn
Whitcomb Summit Retreat
Whitcomb Summit Retreat
2.5 out of 5
229 Mohawk Trail, Florida, North Adams, MA

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Savoy Mountain State Forest, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mohawk Trail State Forest and Natural Bridge ...

3.9/5Good! (102 reviews)

"Great view, clean rooms, and friendly staff. We will be back again."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

Whitcomb Summit Retreat

Popular things to do in North Adams

Mass MoCA
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Mass MoCA

Explore the exhibits at Mass MoCA, a popular museum in North Adams. Wander around the area's the university campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park
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Western Gateway Heritage State Park

Explore the great outdoors at Western Gateway Heritage State Park, a lovely green space in North Adams. Wander around the area's the university campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Mount Snow
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Mount Snow

5/5(1 review)

Perform wild tricks on a world-class terrain park or cruise down scenic blue-graded runs at this Green Mountain ski resort in West Dover.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

4/5(1 review)

Hit the slopes at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, a top ski area in Hancock. Wander the university campus or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Mount Greylock
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Mount Greylock

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Mount Greylock and enjoy the ski slopes in Adams. Wander the university campus or discover the area's mountain views.

Bousquet Ski Area
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Bousquet Ski Area

Hit the slopes at Bousquet Ski Area during your trip to Pittsfield. Stroll along the lakeside or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in North Adams

All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of Vermont
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All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of Vermont

£1,915
Per adult
Isla Mujeres Deluxe All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
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Isla Mujeres Deluxe All-Inclusive Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya

£77
Per adult