Last year, for an assignment in my Art History 115 class, I had to go to a local art museum to find a painting to be the subject of my essay. My professor noted that Smith College, one of the schools in the Five College Consortium, had one of the best museums, so I decided to check it out.
For starters, there are a few ways to get to there. If you don’t have a car you can take the bus or call an Uber. The last time my friends and I went we split an uber between the four of us and it was only $5 a person!
Once I arrived at the museum I was pleasantly surprised with what I found! It’s free with your UCard, so be sure to bring that along. The museum has several floors filled with fantastic pieces from many different time periods. Students were sitting around studying or sketching, creating a really great atmosphere. Next to the museum is a cafe / study area in Smith College that you can go to, which is also a great place to do work! It’s a nice change of pace from the 20+ floors of Du Bois Library and gets you off campus!
Smith College is also located in Northampton, which is a funky town with great local color. There are cute boutiques and stores (including Urban Outfitters), which are perfect for getting presents for the upcoming holiday season! "Noho" has many great restaurants and other coffee shops, too!