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A free museum you never knew was there

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ounded by the Weyerhauser family of lumber industry fame, the hidden-away Art Complex Museum is built of Douglas fir with a rolling roof to mimic ocean waves. The building is only part of the attraction. Inside are some of the family’s own art acquisitions, including one of the largest contemporary ceramics collection in the United States, Rembrandt’s “The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight,” a Tiffany stained-glass window of magnolia and wisteria (above) from one of the Weyerhauser homes, and a complete Japanese teahouse reassembled on the grounds where authentic tea ceremonies are held on the last Sundays of June, July, and September. Carl A. Weyerhaeuser, grandson of the founder of the lumber empire, was given the Rembrandt as a gift when he graduated Harvard. We only got a card.

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Although the Weyerhauser empire was based in the West, Weyerhauser heir Carl Augustus Weyerhauser lived in Milton and built his museum in Duxbury because he had a summer home there. His children built another museum in his memory in Minnesota.

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