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Address: 40 Pioneer St. off Housatonic St., off Routes 8&9, Dalton, MA 01226
Phone Number: 413-684-6481
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Description: With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows...
With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. In this appropriate setting, you will find a scale model (made by Dard Hunter) of the vat house of the first Crane mill, as well as some of the tools Zenas Crane used from 1801 to 1831. In wall and floor cases, exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery.
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Where does our paper money come from?

Actually visited in Dec of 2013 and we were the only guest and had a private tour and lenght visit with the curator.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Hawley, ma
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Hawley, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Actually visited in Dec of 2013 and we were the only guest and had a private tour and lenght visit with the curator.

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Interesting if small museum. Everybody is very friendly, and will show you two video presentations about Crane and the rag paper they make. Be sure to have some fun checking the bills in your pocket to make sure they're not counterfeit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Rest of family was little dubious about going there, but I was interested. Old rag building now houses the museum. There were a couple of short videos focusing on the company and especially on Crane's being the sole maker of paper for US currency since 1879. Museum displayed pages of out account books listing sales of paper to Paul Revere... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We stopped by to check out papermaking. What a great find. Very low key, but very informative museum. The two men we met at the museum were a delight. After watching two videos, we had a very simple but informative demonstration of papermaking. Limited hours and hard to find, but well worth the trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

After reading the reviews, we stopped in at the Museum and spent more than an hour watching the two short films (one on the $100 bill that Crane makes the paper for and one on making paper itself), listening to the interactive lecture by the volunteer who was retired from Crane's, and wandering around to look at the exhibits. We... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

I took my kids here a while back. You might think the topic too intimidating for the elementary school crowd but they were extremely interested. We spent a couple of hours there watching every video and examining every demo. It's not only local for those of us who live in the Berkshires but for everyone in the US, because they... More 

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estados unidos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The company's history is intertwined with that of the Country as the exclusive producer of the raw stock used to print our currency. The actual plant is a high security area and there are no tours so the museum tell the story with displays and videos in an old stone warehouse that was part of the original mill complex. A... More 

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Cape Cod
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

AND that it would be so interesting...Peter and his Cohort were very knowledgeable and gracious as hosts. Just a little bit of a building, You can do this tour in under and hour and I guaranteed that your husband will be just as interested as you. AND IT'S FREE!!! The history in that room is pretty amazing and the videos... More 

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Stockton, Nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I were just looking to kill some time and we stopped here. The older gentlemen was warm and welcoming and had a passion about the topic. He showed us an exhibit first and explained how paper was made. He made us watch a small movie on the changes to the $100. At first were were unsure about... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Crane Museum of Papermaking is definitely tucked away in the Crane Paper Co. complex, but it's well worth seeking out. (If you land at the Crane Co. offices first, you can get printed directions to the museum from there.) Charles Wellspeak, the curator, greeted us and suggested we view a couple of videos first. We learned a great deal... More 

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