MASS MoCA's Post-Industrial Charm

Not every town in the US is as lucky as North Adams, MA. This former industrial outpost in western Massachusetts lost its major employer when Sprague Electric closed its doors in 1985 (putting 4,000 people out of work). Fourteen years and over $30 million later, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) opened on May 30, 1999, putting the town back on the map and pulling in almost 100,000 visitors in its first six months.

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