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Amherst College Museum of Natural History

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Address: 11 Barrett Hill Road Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002
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+1 413-542-2165
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wonderful Collection

Knowledgeable staff, a wealth of diverse fossils, bones, and artifacts, great signs and placards! And, it's free! My only small disappointment was that their large collection of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 10, 2016
Marie M
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Montclair, New Jersey
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

We brought our 16 month old here and the museum really wasn't big enough for him to run around and everything said not to touch. For us adults, we found it interesting and we liked it. We think it's better for kids 4+, unless they have a special interest. There are 3 floors, stairs and elevator, and sitting areas by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Knowledgeable staff, a wealth of diverse fossils, bones, and artifacts, great signs and placards! And, it's free! My only small disappointment was that their large collection of tracks didn't include descriptions of each displayed slab.

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OH
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85 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Huge, impressive collection of fossils. Can't believe there are so many in one place. Knowledgeable and friendly docents. Free admission.

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Province of Seville, Spain
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75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

A great museum that you would not expect in a small place such as Amherst. Fantastic collection of fossils, excellent for kids. Entrance is free and location is good (within campus of Amherst college) and walking distance from downtown.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Full of significant historical artifacts! Well positioned on the Amherst College Campus. Should be combined with a walk on the campus culminating with a wonderful vista of the Mt. Holyoke Range!

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Thank Carmelo352
Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

A wonderful natural history museum that has drawn us back numerous times, with and without delighted grandchildren, to explore the early geological history of the Connecticut River valley and just stand thoughtfully at the base of those huge feet of the mammoth and mastodon.

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Places like this are why I use Trip Advisor. There is no way I would have been able to find this hidden gem on my own. Even as we parked the car next to the building and walked up to the entrance, my family thought we had the wrong place. And sure enough, inside an unmarked, plain-looking building was a... More 

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Amherst
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

It is a really nice museum for all ages, is accessible and free. They have a lot of good artifacts, provides a lot of information, is appropriate for young children.

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2 Thank Bradley S
St. Johns, Florida
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

This working college museum has an impressive collection and we were amazed. Lots of fossils and gem stones. The displays are informative and well thought out. Admissions is free. We would recommend stopping in if you are in the area. PLEASE NOTE that there is construction across from the museum that makes parking and navigating a challenge. It was difficult... More 

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West Suffield, Connecticut
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239 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Well laid out and very informative. You can spend hours reading the exhibits and viewing the settings.

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Thank Bard W

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