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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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Dinosaurs and Minerals

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We stopped in here after my daughter toured Amherst. Some beautiful dinosaur and mastadon bones. All connected to Amherst in some way. I think to person monitoring the museum said they have the largest collection of fossilized prints in the US. Small, gorgeous museum PACKED with natural history! Limited hours of operation. Worth the trip!

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Leesburg, Va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Great fossil collection and dinosaur displays. Largest collection of dinosaur tracks I have ever seen. Knowledgeable docent. Displays are well labeled. Well worth the visit.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a great free museum full on dinosaur tracks and fossils of actual feathered dinosaurs! Don't miss it. It is located on the Amherst College Campus, treasure in itself.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This free museum at Amherst college is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. They have excellent displays of dinosaurs, mammals, and minerals. There are pullout display drawers with samples along with full size mammoth skeletons. They appear to have the largest display of dinosaur tracks in the country. Some samples are about 20 feet long and well documented.

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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Additional Information about Amherst College Museum of Natural History

Address: 11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002
Phone Number: 413-542-2165
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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