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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Wonderful location , nice building

Mostly an educational center but the displays in the galery are normally quite nice. Building is great. Worth a stop and you might even learn something

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mostly an educational center but the displays in the galery are normally quite nice. Building is great. Worth a stop and you might even learn something

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Thank Blackleaf
Jamestown, New York
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We visited to see the "Art and the Animal" exhibit, which was fabulous. They have changing exhibits, but they are always of high quality. In addition, you can stroll the grounds and check out the butterfly garden and a pond.

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Thank dogwriter2015
lakewood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a working educational institution. It is the repository of much of, but not all of, Roger's art, photography, and bird collections. The building and grounds are worth a visit by themselves. Rotating exhibits of wildlife art and photography are always well selected and displayed, but not exhaustive. If you go here expecting an education in natural history education,... More 

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Thank clanirwin
Province of Cordoba, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This place is so beautiful. I come here when I need a quiet day to observe and learn about nature, and marvel at the beautiful artwork by Roger Tory Peterson himself. This is a great spot for bird-lovers and nature-lovers alike!

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Thank eaustin192
Montville, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Diane P
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Jill l
Upstate New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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