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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: 413-542-2165
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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a hidden gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Matthew C
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This is an amazing museum - centered around the unique geologic history of the Pioneer Valley which resulted in an abundance of dinosaur prints. Came away with a much better understanding of why the mid-section of the valley has stone-less soil unlike any other found in New England. Learned that the eastern part of the state used to be connected... More 

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Paterson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

This small museum showcases the geological processes in the local area as well as the paleontology. Large showcase of local tracks with an impressive mineral collection. Would be nice to be taken through the geological timeline and the relevance to artifacts found. Instead they grab and wow you with the mastodon and mammoth skeletons. A well worth visit on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

I am a regular visitor to this interesting and beautiful museum. It is a must see destination in Western Massachusetts. There a a couple of local dinosaur track parks in nearby South Hadley and Northampton but this museum is much better because of the patterns of tracks and fossils you can see up close displayed in huge wall exhibits. There... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

This is a small museum, but it has so much to see and do. There are drawers full of artifacts and computer monitors showing different excavation sites. It's worth the trip and it's free.

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