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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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42 reviews 42 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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816 attraction reviews
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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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126 reviews 126 reviews
56 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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50 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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32 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

"Berkshire Collects" opened January 25 and will be there until May 11, 2014. Had heard it was a great eclectic exhibit of things people in the Berkshires collect and is so true. People do collect the darndest things from clothes brushes to ink wells to pocket books and mini books even food grinders! Display in four galleries is funky fun... More

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Hopkinton, MA
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Interesting museum with an eclectic mix of attractions. The aquarium was better than expected, especially the frogs. The Hudson River School paintings were nice. Some of the hands-on exhibits looked like they would be good for kids. The Berkshire Innovators exhibit was OK. A lot of reviewers raved about the paper exhibit, but we didn't see it so I don't... More

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