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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

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Address: 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone Number: 716-665-2473
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Roger Tory Peterson's work on display, plus changing exhibits are wonderful

Every few months, there is a new artist's work (in the "nature art" genre) displayed. Besides that, anyone who knows of Peterson's Bird Identification Guides and his nature art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Upstate New York
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Montville, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Only one small room in the building was dedicated to Peterson. An informative short move (20 minutes?) about Peterson's life and some color plates on display. Very disappointing, especially when there was an entrance fee.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The setting and the building are beautiful, but the content of the Institute is sorely lacking. Aside from the well-done introductory video, there is virtually none of Roger Tory Peterson's work on display on the mostly bare walls and in the exquisite turret room. We expected a much fuller experience.

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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Every few months, there is a new artist's work (in the "nature art" genre) displayed. Besides that, anyone who knows of Peterson's Bird Identification Guides and his nature art will find this museum a delight. There's the history of his growing up in Jamestown plus a great many of his original art work that can be viewed up close. Really... More 

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Jamestown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great displays, nice tours. Self guided nature walks in a quiet forest setting. Many interesting sights.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Agreat place to go and learn about Roger and his love of birds. There is a nature trail to wander around. It is a relaxing place to visit, low noise and just serene.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We spend an hour or two at the RTPI. There is a short movie to watch about the life of Roger Tory Peterson and his paintings are scattered around the Institute. Currently there is an exhibit of natural art by a local woman AK Dowling. There are walking trails on the premises.

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Canandaigua, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I was particularly struck by the impact of Roger's middle school teacher on the trajectory of his career. What a profound influence she had on him! So thankful to see this. That's why we go to museums - to learn the hidden facts and features.

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

With more than one copy of Peterson's books on my bookshelf, this visit to his boyhood town was an interesting one. It brought back memories of earlier years when his books brought the birds in the backyard into full view -- their colors, habitats, migration patterns, calls, etc. The Institute introduces visitors to Peterson as a man and as a... More 

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Randolph, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Beautiful job in preserving Peterson's works. Very educational, even if you are not as much as a bird enthusiast as Peterson himself you will be glad you went. Lovely atmosphere and grounds.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a peaceful place. We would have hiked through the woods but it had just rained and was quite muddy and full of bugs. The displays are interesting for anyone has ever used a Peterson's Guide book!

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