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Amherst College Museum of Natural History

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

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Unbelievable collection for free!

Amazing collection of fossils of all types. Incredible to see these in person. Friendly and knowledgeable docents. Gives you a glimpse into some pioneers of this science and also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing collection of fossils of all types. Incredible to see these in person. Friendly and knowledgeable docents. Gives you a glimpse into some pioneers of this science and also shows Amherst College's long dedication to this subject. And it's free!

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Province of Seville, Spain
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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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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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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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St. Johns, Florida
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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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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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

We were attending the Amherst College tour, and stopped at the Museum. The artifacts and displays were amazing. The museum housed full scale dinosaur models as well as englassed exhibits in the upper and lower level floors. Very impressive!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

We have the museum to ourselves. The collection is amazing. Everything in here is minimum 50% real. It's air conditioned, free, walking distance to downtown Amherst and the Dickinson museum.

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