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Massachusetts Museum of Contempory Arts ( MASS MoCA)

87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA

Phone: 413.662.2111 - Tty: -

Overview of the Mass MoCA complex.

Statement of Purpose

Open to the public in May 1999, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is an extraordinary project to convert a 27-building historic mill complex in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts into a multi-disciplinary center for visual, performing and media arts. More than a static display hall, MASS MoCA will provide space, tools, and time for artists, cultural institutions and businesses working in sculpture, theater, dance, film, digital media and music. New work will be created in partnership with high technology and new media companies.

International in scope, MASS MoCA will present exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it will also be a place where the process of creativity is explored; rehearsals, art fabrication shops, and production studios will all be open to public view, and the lines between `backlot' work and front-of-the house will be deliberately blurred.

The buildings on the 13-acre site will be linked not only by a series of covered bridges and elevated walkways, but also by a fiber optic network that will run throughout the complex at MASS MoCA will be able to exchange data and ideas freely and distribute the content they produce anywhere in the world. Multimedia technologies, A/V production and post-production facilities, high bandwidth connectivity, and sophisticated telecommunications systems will be accessible, creating substantial opportunities for translating visual and performing arts content into new formats for marketing and distribution nationally and internationally.

MASS MoCA will be a permanent work in progress, with the mission to maintain itself as a premier platform for creating, presenting, and distributing the best of the art of our time.

Highlights & Collections

Test Site: Inaugural Exhibition, featuring works on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Dia Center for the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events


GALLERY HOURS: From 6/1 - 10/31: open daily from 10-5 pm and until 7 pm on Fri and Sat

Admission & Directions:

$8 Adults | $3 for children | free for under 6 | Free to members

Directions: Please see

Key Personnel:

Joseph Thompson, Director
Doug Bartow, Director of Design.

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