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“Amazing resource in a small town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Amherst College Museum of Natural History

Amherst College Museum of Natural History
11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-2165
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Ranked #5 of 11 attractions in Amherst
Type: Natural History Museums
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Amazing resource in a small town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

This is a great museum for anyone, but especially if you're looking to take kids someplace educational that they'll really love. The space is beautiful and the collections are diverse and interesting

Visited March 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great museum for kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Really nice small museum for natural history. The displays are visually interesting, and there's a lot of cool stuff at good viewing level for kids. Not old and stuffy like many natural history museums. The dinosaur tracks in the basement are unique and kids really enjoy seeing them.

Visited June 2011
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

I saw this museum while taking a tour of the college and returned to visit. Small, but a short visit was just what I needed.

Visited October 2011
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“Great for a free day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

Went with a friend after seeing it on a run - how could I miss the giant skeleton in the window? For a free trip, it was amazing. It's a lot larger than it looks, and there's plenty to look at. It was practically empty, which was a relief if not somewhat creepy. I loved the huge collection of dinosaur footprints on the bottom floor. It wasn't particularly interactive, though. Still, would definitely recommend it, espicially with a stop at the Mead (the art museum by Stearn's Steeple, also free) when you're done.

Visited May 2011
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Boston, MA
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“Small but great museum with world's largest collection of dino footprints”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2008

Wonderful museum in picturesque Amherst MA. Free admission.

"The museum contains three floors of exhibits and over 1700 individual specimens on display. Highlights include:

The first (entrance floor) features a variety of displays on vertebrate evolution and extinction, including free standing fossil skeletons of a mammoth, mastodon, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, Irish Elk and cave bear. Fossils from Amherst College expeditions to Patagonian and the American west are exhibited, in additional to recently extinct birds such as the moa and the ivory billed woodpecker.

The second floor demonstrates the occurrence of geological phenomena in the Connecticut River Valley including mountain building and glaciation, as well as local animal and plant fossils, and a small exhibit on human evolution and teeth.

The ground floor displays the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks (primarily from the Connecticut River Valley), skulls of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops and a diorama with a model showing what some of our local dinosaur species might have looked like. There is also a cast of a dinosaur track “book” that visitors can handle.

Both the first and second floors include drawers that can be pulled open to view specimens from the museum’s various collections.

Minerals and meteorites from the local area and around the world are displayed in cases in the corridor that runs between the museum and the Geology Department, with whom we share the Earth Sciences building.No groups are allowed in the hallways during the week to avoid disturbing classes."

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