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Berkshire Museum

39 South St (Rte 7), Pittsfield, MA 01201
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Science Museums, Aquariums, Museums
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New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Princeton, MA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My GF and I, and my friend and his wife and 4 year old son stopped by this museum while in the Berkshires. We were expecting it to be just a museum about the Berkshires: Native American, Colonial, maybe a little geology/geography. Boy, were we surprised! It is a medium-sized Natural History/Art/Cultural etc. museum with an smallish aquarium, too! Inside... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This old fashioned museum in downtown Pittsfield has science, nature, history and art exhibits. Interesting, but nothing really outstanding. Nice basement aquarium, collections of watches, shoes, etc. that have been donated. We wanted to see their permanent art collection--2 or 3 rooms, some well known artists; Rockwell, Moran, Church and many unknown. One room of a few pieces of modern... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Others have described the Berkshire Museum as a small local gem. I suppose this is true, but it is somewhat like damning with faint praise. I have warm, nostalgic memories of the Berkshire Museum. As a kid, my parents took me to see what seeded like the most exotic wonders of the world. My recollection is that there was a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place has something for everyone. We went especially for the collection of Hudson River School artists. We were enchanted by the walk-in live butterfly exhibit, some of the portraits (including a John Singer Sargent and a Gilbert Stuart), and the basement aquarium. There are also dinosaur exhibits and a lot of helpful staff and/or volunteers. You won't mix this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I have been a member for at least 10 years -- and I live in Minnesota! We always visit when we come to the Berkshires to see family. We love the Hudson River Valley paintings and this year we enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. With the grandkids, we visit the aquarium. Great little museum. A treasure.

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Baltimore, MD
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35 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

When we visited, the elevator was out of commission. Since there is a whole second floor, as well as the aquarium in the basement, places that I couldn't push my husband's wheelchair, we were offered a complimentary visit through the first floor with the wheelchair. I thought that was nice and better than nothing, though it was disappointing, wondering what... More

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Southport, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I had the chance to visit the museum lately with my granddaughter. The staff is friendly, courteous and helpful. It is such a child friendly spot. Highly recommend as a spot to spend an hour or two on a rainy day.

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