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Amherst College Museum of Natural History

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Well worth your time!!

This museum is great! They house the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the country, as... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
St. George, Utah
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Reaching into Deep History in the Pioneer Valley

The collection of more than 1,700 specimens on display tell the history of an evolving landscape... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Richard W
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

This museum is great! They house the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the country, as well as interesting skeletal exhibits (including a mammoth, triceratops and tyrannosaurus,) and mineral exhibits. Our student tour guide was engaging and entertaining, and able to answer all of our...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

This free museum is well worth the time if you're in the area. It's part of Amherst College campus. You'll need to park in one of the town lots or campus visitor lots and walk a little bit, but it's definitely worth it. If you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kim R
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

I loved this museum. I was greeted by a student, Rilla McKeegan who was friendly and very knowledgeable of the artifacts in the museum. This is quiet the collection of dinosaurs from a mammoth to a dire wolf. Dont forget to walk out to the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The collection of more than 1,700 specimens on display tell the history of an evolving landscape and plant and animal species in Western Massachusetts and much of New England back into deep time. It is an amazing collection and it adds to a much deeper...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Richard W
Reviewed September 13, 2018

I don't think most folks in Amherst have visited the museum, but they should! There are amazing fossil displays of early horses in the Americas (disproving the theory that horses came here from Europe or even Asia). It is well laid out and well curated....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

This museum is a very decent collection of prehistoric fossils and footprints. The lowest floor is devoted to dinosaurs and early reptiles and amphibians. The main floor focuses on prehistoric mammals and extinct birds. Top floor looks at topography, plate tectonics and geological formations related...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wombat27_11
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We found this free hidden gem on Trip advisor and our kids LOVED it! The fossils, stones, and drawers were a big hit! Special thanks to Fred who showed my kids some shark and monkey fossils after seeing their stuffed animals!! Such a fun treat...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kmmrp4
Reviewed August 8, 2018

The Mead is a stand alone museum par excellence. Similar to, but better than, in my opinion, the Redpath museum at McGill. Old displays of fossils are backed up by drawer after drawer of fossils that just don't have the space for prominent display. Just...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

This was such a pleasant surprise. I cannot not get over how many beautiful items that the museum offers. I visited with my sister, but next time, I want to bring my 10 year old grandson because it really offers a great deal for children...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank nurse87
Reviewed July 9, 2018

If you take your time going through the exhibits you will find many interesting specimens and information about the displays. Interesting to walking outside the classrooms while in session.

Date of experience: April 2018
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