Top Places for Art in Northampton

Northampton, Massachusetts easily earns its designation as the “Number One Best Small Arts Town in America” by author John Villani and one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” in the nation by AmericanStyle Magazine. Northampton is sophisticated, cultural, academic and artistic.

Go to Northampton for the shopping, dining and movie theaters, and most of all, the top places for art. From pottery to fine art galleries and a museum, and art supply retail, Northampton has it all for the art lover.

Smith College Museum of Art

Located near downtown Northampton, the Smith College Museum of Art is located on the Smith College Campus. This Northampton museum is home to approximately 25,000 objects including paintings, sculpture and works on paper. Works on paper range from books, prints and photographs to collage, drawings and watercolors. Represented at this top Northampton visual arts venue are Ancient, African, American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Native American works and works by women.

Painters represented at this Northampton’s top visual arts venue include Cezanne and Picasso; sculptures by Arp and Rodin, and prints by Cassatt and Durer. This top place for art features changing exhibitions and even archives past exhibitions online.

Contact the Smith College Museum of Art
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: (413)585.3109
Web site:

Guild Art Centre

For buying art supplies, taking art classes, or having art framed, the Guild Art Centre is the place to go. This top Northampton place for art sells fine art supplies including paintbrushes for all mediums and paints. Also find charcoal, oil pastels, and one of the largest selections of specialty papers you may ever see. High-quality watercolor papers are also in abundance at this Northampton art supply store. Art supplies for kids are also sold. For information about Pierce’s Frame Shop call (413)584-1207.

Contact the Guild Art Centre
102 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 586-6343 or toll-free at (800)479-6343
Fax: (413) 585-0507
Web site:
Store hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm, Thur 9:30am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm

R. Michelson Gallery

The main gallery of R. Michelson Gallery features one of the nation’s largest selections of works by Leonard Baskin.
The Northampton gallery also displays works by contemporary artists including Fred Wessell, Leonard Nimoy, John Lennon, Barry Moser and Paula Gottlieb. This top place for art in Northampton houses a large collection of works by children’s illustrators including Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss,, Jane Dyer and Eric Carle.

Contact R. Michelson Gallery
132 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413)586-3964
Fax: (413)587-9811
Web site:
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-5pm

Northampton Center for the Arts

The Northampton Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit arts organization. This top palce for art was established in 1984 to promote the arts in the greater Northampton area. Conveniently located in Northampton next to the Academy of Music the NCFA features galleries as well low-cost exhibit and performance space for area artists and arts organizations.

Contact the Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Third Floor
Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: (413)584.7327
Fax (413)582.9014
Web Site:
Office Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm, closed Saturdays during summer

Northampton City Arts Council

The Northampton City Arts Council support public visual art as well as performing arts.

Contact the Northampton City Arts Council
Memorial Hall
240 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: (413)587.1269
Fax: (413)587.1303
Web Site:

Northampton has some of the top visual arts venues that you will find outside of a major city.

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