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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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Wonderful for all ages

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bard W
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West Suffield, Connecticut
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West Suffield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank Bard W
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank JeaZas
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank wordgirl2013
Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Thank maradiaga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a small museum but they have so much to see. It is worth the trip. There are drawers filled with artifacts do kids to discover.

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Thank Judith G
CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Great little FREE museum - definitely worth stopping in to! It is in an unmarked building on campus (doesn't say there is a museum in there) so just go in - looks like it is relatively new. Helpful and friendly staff and a lot of great treasures!

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gardner, Ma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

I can't believe I have not heard of it, I also can't believe its free. It should have been crowded, but hardly anyone there. Full skeletons of Mammoths, Saber Tooth Tigers, dinosaur heads, etc., more minerals and crystals than I thought existed. Exceptionally clean and well laid out. Helpful attendants. Good for a date, family with (well behaved)children, elderly everyone... More 

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