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Address: North Adams, MA
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Had lunch at Freighyard Pub

We had a nice lunch at the Freightyard Pub. they were renovating the grounds so we didn't get to see much. I've been to the museum in the past. It is nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
Jim D
Kihei, Hawaii
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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84 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small museum that was open despite the fact that everything else around was closed. A small exhibit on the building of the oldest tunnel still in use.

Thank David Z
Albany, New York
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Well designed informational presentation of the history of the Hoosack Valley and the building of the Hoosack Railroad Tunnel connecting N. Adams and Albany. Lighting in the tunnel representations could have been better.

Thank KobeV10
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a hidden gem, unfortunately located hidden away in a side street that is easily missed but well worth the visit. They have done a fabulous job of explaining and demonstrating all about the Hoosick Tunnel and the amazing feat of engineering it took to create it. The interpretive displays are excellent and very informative. We've been back more... More 

Thank ragtop_rider
Kihei, Hawaii
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166 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We had a nice lunch at the Freightyard Pub. they were renovating the grounds so we didn't get to see much. I've been to the museum in the past. It is nice.

Thank Jim D
Danbury, Connecticut
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48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

we went on a weekday and were the only ones there. it tells the story of the transportation history of the area, mainly the trains.the exhibt on the hoosic tunnel is very good, make sure you see the film about the making of the tunnel in the 18 hundreds.its very interesting how it was done and the fact that it... More 

1 Thank anita l
North Adams, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Best know for the Freight Yard Pub but the heritage museum is worth a look, especially if you like trains.

2 Thank echoryan
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288 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

If you are a history buff, and if you are a railroad fan.... you need to visit Western Gateway. A well laid out museum with a terrific and well informed staff. This place brings you a lot of history of the North Adams area and of the Hossac Tunnel, it's construction and the ingenuity used in making a 25,000 foot... More 

3 Thank dave2840
Oakland, California
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Well presented indoor state park presentation of the local history set in historic freightyard building. Nice exhibits and a good introduction to understanding the history of the area.

2 Thank Ken W
Acton, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Let's just say that we were underwhelmed by MassMoCA, and eager to find something informative, fun, interesting for the remaing time we had in North Adams before returning home in the Boston suburbs. Thank goodness we had discovered the "Western Gateway Heritage State Park" on the web when planning our trip to the area. The museum is free, and gives... More 

6 Thank FortPondMan
Stoneham, Massachusetts
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295 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My husband and I spent two hours in the museum and thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells the fascinating story of the Hoosac Tunnel. It took about 25 years to complete this tunnel which had to be dug and blasted through the Berkshire mountains. It took MANY years for the project to begin as people tried to figure out if it... More 

4 Thank bcnett

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