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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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What a great museum,lots of bones, rocks, shells, fossilized eggs, huge slabs of rock with all different types and sizes of footprints, great selection and we were told this is 1... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What a great museum,lots of bones, rocks, shells, fossilized eggs, huge slabs of rock with all different types and sizes of footprints, great selection and we were told this is 1% of what they have.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A great local place to bring your kids on a rainy day! There are dinosaur skeletons and footprints. Many drawers containing fossils, large displays of colorful rocks and gems and so much more!

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Orleans, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This relatively small but very rich museum displays a stunning collection of dinosaur fossil tracks of all sizes, preserved in stones collected around the Amherst area by Edward Hitchcock, a 19th-century geologist famous for his evolutionary theories and the inventor of the science of tracks. Other highlights include the reconstituted skeletons of small and large prehistoric mammals and the stunning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Free, not something that you should plan on an extended stay for, spent about 45 minutes. A lot of really interesting fossils and information.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a really powerful museum, great fossil collection. hidden jem of western mass. This would be a great museum even if it was located in Boston

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nothing cheers up a four-year old like a set of dinosaur bones! This small museum is a gem in its design and collection. Partly historical--some of the early dinosaur digs were conducted by Amherst College faculty--and partly a teaching collection, the dinosaurs are impressive and the minerals gorgeous. My grandkids love it!

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The museum used to be a cozy old period piece but now the Museum of Natural History is in a beautiful and functional new building with lots of natural light. The dinosaur exhibit is excellent for children and others, the fossil collection is easily accessible and elegantly mounted but the collection that really sparkles is the second floor rocks and... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Do you have a dinosaur lover in your life? They have the most amazing collection of foot prints in the area. We went to see this new dinosaur. The displays are nice, there are always people - but it is not crowded, the staff are helpful and really want to tell you about the collections. We went with kids who... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is quite a beautiful museum, the physical building, wealth of collections, and display. It's never been crowded, but if it were in Boston it would be. Also so many drawers full of small fossils for kids to see. Amazing rock and mineral collection, and the real draw, an entire room of preserved dino tracks. If anyone in your group... More 

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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Displays of local dinosaur fossils found. Quiet and cool--guides are helpful and of course into dinosaurs. No other animals on display.

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