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Amherst College Museum of Natural History

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Address: 11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002
Phone Number: 413-542-2165
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Love geology? How about Dinosaurs?

This is a great museum on the grounds of beautiful Amherst College. There are actual dinosaur bone statues as well as all of the geological information about the Pioneer Valley... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum on the grounds of beautiful Amherst College. There are actual dinosaur bone statues as well as all of the geological information about the Pioneer Valley that you could even want. It is a modern, first-class museum with great methods of displaying the material. Adults and kids will love it.

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Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We were looking for something fun & cheap to do on a Sunday afternoon, and found this place online. For free, we did not have big expectations of the quality of the exhibits. We could not have been more wrong! Wonderful exhibits of fossils and skeletons, with nice information about all. We were lucky enough to be downstairs with the... More 

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Swansea, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

While visiting our daughter at UMASS we were looking for something to do for a couple of hours. I read a couple of good reviews about the Museum at Amherst College so we stopped by. If you are a fan of natural history, especially fossils and dinosaur related exhibits then this is the place for you. Housed in a nice... More 

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Captiva
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This modern museum hidden away on the west of the Amherst College campus has something for everyone. It has the world's largest collection of dinosaur tracks, dinosaur skeletons, shells full of fossils that the kids can open and peer in and interesting exhibits on the history and geology of the Connecticut river valley. Lots of variety and small enough not... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you want to walk among dinosaur skeletons or peek into drawers of rock specimens, this is the place for you. Light, encourages exploration, for young and old alike.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a fun museum especially if you like dinosaurs and rocks. It's free (i.e., the parents of the students have pre-paid) and very well done. Don't miss the college's art museum while there.

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Carmel, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Spectacular specimens, aeons ago geologic time, rocks, minerals, dinosaurs, mammoths. Beautifully designed natural history museum for Amherst College students, families and the general public.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Step back eons ago into geological time--footprints, fossils, mammoths, dinosaurs, rocks and minerals. This is a first-rate and beautifully designed natural history museum on the Amherst College campus.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This place has stuff you'd expect to see in a natural history museum in a big city. Not as big but.definitely cool. Great for elementary age kids, even mature pre-schoolers like it.

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CT, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

In the basement, which is less than ideal, but great display of dinosaur fossil prints. Parking at Amherst College is difficult, but it is not a bad walk from town on a good-weather day.

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