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Crane Museum of Papermaking

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Address: 40 Pioneer St, Dalton, MA 01226-1709
Phone Number: 413-684-6481
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With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and...

With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. In this appropriate setting, you will find a scale model (made by Dard Hunter) of the vat house of the first Crane mill, as well as some of the tools Zenas Crane used from 1801 to 1831. In wall and floor cases, exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery.

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What a place to visit. Crane produces all the paper for US currency. The tour guide was a former long time employee who was extremely knowledgeable and took great pride in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a place to visit. Crane produces all the paper for US currency. The tour guide was a former long time employee who was extremely knowledgeable and took great pride in the company. The videos really explained the process and you will learn to stop counterfeit money.

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Rockland County, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About a half hour from Stockbridge, we enjoyed this tiny museum immensely. Peter, the resident paper historian, demonstrated how to make rag paper and then gave a great talk about paper making. Who knew that all of the U.S. currency paper was made by Crane? A fun place to take kids (though we had none with us) and a fun... More 

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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been a currency enthusiast for over 50 years. I am aware of Crane & Co and now I visited their museum earlier this month. It is awesome, the video is great and the displays beckons all money enthusiasts. Retired employees are wonderful passing around real money.. but they want it back.

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

tour doesn't take long but is filled with the history of how crane became one of the worlds largest producers of paper products and the way it came to making our currency we have in our purse and wallets today. Well worth the time.

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Thank moosewatch01
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The tour is not very long. In fact, most of it is a presentation, but it is so interesting to learn about the company that makes the paper for our money. The docents were knowledgeable and friendly. We got to make our own paper. A good experience for kids.

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Thank Lin430
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Don't let the small size mislead you, this museum is definitely worth visiting. It's a combination of live presentation, dvd, and exhibits amount paper making and US currency. Both children and adults would find it entertaining although young kids might get bored with the docent's talk due to the content (not the delivery). Check the website for hours which are... More 

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Dalton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

I visited with my 11 year old grandson. He had no idea what goes on in the paper mills. After the video, hands on paper making and stamping, he is proud to live in DAlton. He found out some interesting information about Paul Revere in Dalton. Thanks to Peter for giving him some hands on experience making stamps.

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Thank jperreau
Greenfield MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We've passed by this place so many times and not had the time to go. We're glad we finally made the time. It's a little hard to find - the GPS will take you to a building in the front of their complex, but don't worry, just inside the door of the wrong building is a sign and printed directions... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

My wife had discovered this place from a flyer in a hotel we had stayed at and we had a wonderful afternoon there. As others have said our docent and curator Peter was both humorous and informative and we learned so much. One funny thing was when he told the group we joined that he would bet one million dollars... More 

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Thank nicandave
Tallahassee, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

We were delighted with our two docents John and Charley. It's all about the paper used to make our currency. We learned so much and we're 4 seniors. This is a MUST. Don't miss this little gem. Recommended

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