Culture & Attractions

Adams is within easy driving distance to all of the Berkshires' world-class cultural institutions. In town, you'll find the following:

Adams Free Library

Adams-Free-LibraryThe Adams Free Library, located on Park Street at McKinley Square, was built in 1897 as a Civil War Memorial. Its cornerstone was laid by President William McKinley, who also placed a time capsule under it, containing items of the day. In addition to library services, a variety of programs and events are held. The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall is located on the second floor of the library. This room contains interesting Civil War artifacts.

Mount Greylock Reservation

memorial-tower-winterAt 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is not only the tallest mountain in Massachusetts but also the tallest in all of southern New England. The 12,500-acre Mount Greylock Reservation is the oldest Massachusetts wilderness park. The park spans five towns with the summit in Adams. At the summit you'll find the historic Bascom Lodge and War Memorial Tower. More here.

Quaker Meeting House

photo013-2 large"This old building, so closely associated with the settlement of the town of Adams, reflects in its sturdy construction and simplicity the character of its builders. The present town of Adams was settled soon after 1769, by a group of Quakers, most of them from Smithfield. The Friends soon settled and owned nearly all the farms in this valley. They worshiped for a time in their homes. In 1782 they erected this building, and it was used continuously by them for over sixty years. In their transaction of business, the men and women held separate meetings and kept separate records. For this reason the Meeting House was constructed in the manner we see, with the two outer doors, and movable partitions to provide privacy during separate meetings. The building has remained in it's original unrestored condition." from the Adams Historical Society

Topia Arts Center

Topia300x225"The mission of Topia Arts Center is to develop an atmosphere of creativity where original and innovative performing arts and educational programs can thrive and be appreciated. By cultivating creative landscapes, Topia Arts Center improves the quality of life, opens hearts and minds, and allows audiences to participate as members of the creative process. As an incubator space, Topia Arts Center connects international artists with local talent, fostering global perspectives while operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Topia Arts Center is a new "green" artist led performing arts and educational center in development in Adams presenting quality music, dance, theater, circus arts, film and visual art exhibits as well as educational and community programs. It is also committed to serving the local community as a Shared Use Downtown Space. More than just a historical site and raw theater space, Topia, which means landscapes in Greek, hopes to provide fertile ground for convergent creative paths and act as an economic stimulus for a charming New England town poised for renaissance." - from the Topia Arts Center website.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum

sba museumWelcome to the birthplace of equal rights.
"The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to preserving the birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, who was a pioneering feminist and suffragist as well as a noteworthy figure in the abolitionist, opposition to Restellism (opposition to abortion), and temperance movements of the 19th century.
As part of its mission, the Museum will highlight the familial and regional influences which shaped Ms. Anthony's early life, by displaying the textiles and furnishings of that period, as well as the literature and other memorabilia associated with her later career." - from the museum website.

Thunderbolt Ski Museum

tb museum smallFounded and run by the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, the Thunderbolt Ski Museum collects, preserves, and displays ski gear, clothing, awards, pictures, and ephemera related to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail. You'll see exhibits honoring the "legends" of the trail, as well as ones featuring clothing, equipment and other memorabilia. Also, a documentary and films are shown on a regular basis. Located at the Adams Visitors Center at 3 Hoosac Street, the museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Free.


Berkshire Scenic Railway

BSRM-HVS-logoBerkshire Scenic Railway Museum is proud to announce that in partnership with the City of North Adams, Town of Adams, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation fun train rides are coming back to the beautiful Berkshire Hills!

Hoosac Valley Service

Operating between the historic communities of Adams and North Adams in the scenic footprint of Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Range, our new Hoosac Valley Service will feature a round trip train schedule, downtown-to-downtown service and popular special events for the whole family! For more information about scenic rail visit Hoosac Valley Services website.


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