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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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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A hidden gem of a museum and its free! yes, free.

I can't believe I have not heard of it, I also can't believe its free. It should have been crowded, but hardly anyone there. Full skeletons of Mammoths, Saber Tooth Tigers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
AntiqueSinks
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gardner, Ma
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gardner, Ma
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't believe I have not heard of it, I also can't believe its free. It should have been crowded, but hardly anyone there. Full skeletons of Mammoths, Saber Tooth Tigers, dinosaur heads, etc., more minerals and crystals than I thought existed. Exceptionally clean and well laid out. Helpful attendants. Good for a date, family with (well behaved)children, elderly everyone... More 

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Thank AntiqueSinks
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My teenagers loved the museum. It is a little gem. Lots of fossils and rocks. Large number of slabs of stone with various animal tracks. The museum was free and very well laid out. Practically empty during our late December visit. I did have a hard time finding the building. There is no signage for the museum until you enter... More 

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Thank Nicole N
Amherst, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We've taken my son here several times, and more recently my daughter went on a school field trip. The Wooly Mammoth and Sabre-toothed Tiger by the entrance grab attention, and the dinosaur tracks make up the bulk of the museum, but I most enjoy some of the lesser-known items, such as the nightmarish fish Dunkleosteus, or stuffed recently extinct birds... More 

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Thank OpihiMan1969
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

went to Amherst for a weekend get-a-way stayed at the Black Walnut Inn and heard about the museum, very interesting. Walked the campus .People aare very friendly.

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Thank Stephen H
east moriches
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

So impressed with this museum. It truly is a hidden gem. Admission is free for starts so you can't beat that. This is on the college campus just off of Amherst town. It is 3 levels and displayed beautifully. I highly recommend it it for all ages. It's amazing how clean it is and the information and displays are so... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Thank MamaMo2
Orleans, France
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Antoine C
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Thank Chris J
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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