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Berkshire Museum

39 South St (Rte 7), Pittsfield, MA 01201
+1 413-443-7171
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Science Museums, Aquariums, Museums
Owner description: Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Science Museums, Aquariums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation. Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This place is a great place to bring your kids on a rainy day. The price to get in is a little pricey but it is worth it.

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Boston
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went to see the National Geographic photography exhibit: Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic, an exhibition of compelling wildlife photography by three award-winning photographers. We expected awe-inspiring photos, but got 'nice' photos and one spectacular one. The decorated Christmas trees were cute, but, again, not anything to remember. All in all...cute. (The store nearby,... More 

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New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a cute museum if you haven't been already. They are in the middle of changing around the displays, but kids will only really like the certain areas that mainly stay the same.

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New Jersey
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186 reviews 186 reviews
43 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Great place to spend a half-day. Cool mix of natural history (lots of taxidermied animals), antiquities (even a mummy with an x-ray), Native American art (a real wigwam!). We were there during the "Festival of Trees," which gave a good sense of the organizations in the area. The aquarium is small and a little sad but fine for little kids.... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had been to the Berkshire Museum a couple years ago for a gecko exhibit, yet I knew nothing of the Little Cinema until a friend mentioned that they were doing a Halloween movie showing (the previously unreleased in the US film House) on October 30th. It's a very nice little theater, and needs to be advertised more to attract... More 

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Rome, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

There was no motif that I could see. We had Feigenbaum Hall, which was a bunch of innovational models. We had the Worlds in Miniature, which consisted of model samples of topography and animals in various regions of the world. We had the Berkshire Backyard, with an extensive array of stuffed birds and some stuffed mammals. We had a display... More 

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momajtm
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Every summer we visit this family oriented museum and learn something. Once we learned about animation and then we learned about paper making and this year it was about butterflies.

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New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The live butterfly display (small extra fee) was worthwhile, and the butterfly exhibits were well done. The rest of it, other than the Scout made wigwam, looked a bit tired. The aquarium needs more TLC.

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New Jersey
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited the Berkshire Museum with our adult daughter, son and 2 year old granddaughter on my recommendation of the butterfly exhibit. I had been to Magic Wings in South Deerfield, Mass some time back and was excited to see there was an exhibit local to our vacation spot. I didn't realize that the museum's exhibit was temporary and did... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Perhaps one of the best thing about this wonderful museum is the commitment and interest of the staff. They are determined to learn about the museum itself and to get every visitor involved. We had a splendid afternoon at the museum recently with our seven year old granddaughter. They had a butterfly exhibit staffed with careful and caring museum professionals... More 

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