May
17
Fri
da Vinci Docent Hours
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
da Vinci Docent Hours

Learn more about Leonardo and his innovative designs from our knowledgeable exhibition docents and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of many of his machines, including mechanisms that are usually do not touch!

Included with regular Museum admission.

OLLI: Berkshire Performing Arts Previews
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
OLLI: Berkshire Performing Arts Previews

Hear the stories behind what awaits us on stage this summer at some of the Berkshires’ premiere venues, as well as some award-winning “outliers.” Each week we’ll hear from the movers and shakers at Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshire Opera, the Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage, and more, as well as our annual Critics Roundtable.

$15; OLLI and Museum members $10/session; pre-registration not required; drop-ins welcome.

WeeMuse Adventures
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
WeeMuse Adventures

Led by a Museum educator, children 18 months to 3 years old explore the Museum with their caregivers and learn through songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Older and younger siblings are welcome.

Included with regular Museum admission.

OLLI: Our Ever-changing and Complex Healthcare System: What You Need to Know
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
OLLI: Our Ever-changing and Complex Healthcare System: What You Need to Know

The third in a series of OLLI courses focusing on our complex healthcare systems and institutions, this course will once again endeavor to highlight and take an in-depth view of selected healthcare subjects in the news and confounding all of us as we work to navigate the maze of our health “system.”

$15; OLLI and Museum members $10/session; pre-registration not required; drop-ins welcome.

 

 

OLLI: Objects and Their Stories
May 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
OLLI: Objects and Their Stories

Inspired by the Berkshire Museum’s popular rotating exhibition, “Objects and Their Stories,” join the museum’s Chief Experience Officer and guest staff for an in-depth exploration into the Berkshire Museum’s collection. Each session will feature multiple objects and the details pertaining to their geographic, spacial and iconographic relationships.

$15; OLLI and Museum members $10/session; pre-registration not required; drop-ins welcome.

 

Meeting Gorbachev
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that … opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.

Documentary, not rated, 1 hr. 32 min., 2018
English; Russian, German, and Polish with English subtitles.

$7.50, Museum members $5

May
18
Sat
Pop-Up Play Day
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pop-Up Play Day

The big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground™ and the colorful Bilderhoos architectural building components encourage children of all ages to build, rebuild, collaborate, and play.

Included with regular Museum admission.

Chow Time
May 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

IMG_0369 small for webHelp prepare enticing feasts for the turtles, fish, chameleon, and even the blue-tongue skink in the Aquarium!

Included with regular Museum admission.

da Vinci Docent Hours
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
da Vinci Docent Hours

Learn more about Leonardo and his innovative designs from our knowledgeable exhibition docents and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of many of his machines, including mechanisms that are usually do not touch!

Included with regular Museum admission.

Designing with da Vinci
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Can you innovate like Leonardo da Vinci? Visitors of all ages are challenged to use design thinking strategies to create and test contraptions based on simple machines in this hands-on gallery program.

Included with regular Museum admission.