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Berkshire Museum

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Address: 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA 01201-6169
Phone Number: +1 413-443-7171
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art,...

Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines.

In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation.

Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission.

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A fun time

I brought my daughter (6 years old) and we had a wonderful time exploring. She especially liked the miniature worlds and the aquarium. I could see that since the last time we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
LithiaLady
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Goshen, Massachusetts, United States

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came here on a rainy and cool day. We figured we would kill an hour here. We were pleasantly surprised with the museum, my kids, 11 and 7, enjoyed all the exhibits and especially loved the hands on area on the main floor. They spent over an hour there alone and easily could have stayed another hour. Highly recommend... More 

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Goshen, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I brought my daughter (6 years old) and we had a wonderful time exploring. She especially liked the miniature worlds and the aquarium. I could see that since the last time we were there, (2014) they were trying to make it more little kid-friendly, which I thought was excellent. It is a nice mix of standard exhibits and more modern... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum provides a great few hours of fun and adventure for all ages. They have many interactive exhibits. If you go on a Saturday, check the web site to see if they are offering any programs for children. Most programs are offered free (cost of admission only). There is a great deal to do for younger children. It is... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved the exhibits....the museum is a gem. Worth traveling to We particular liked the exhibit on First Person Art ....curated very well, and good for children (interactive)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our grandchildren when they were 7 and 9 and it was perfect. JUST enough in several small exhibit areas. Also had an activity station that we couldn't drag them away from and I thought we might camp out overnight in the butterfly exhibit. They LOVED it

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Thank MIMI510
Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review. We just want to add that the Butterflies exhibition was a temporary installation and is no longer on view. Our current exhibitions include Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast, and Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite. More 

Amityville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read some of the less than complementary reviews I was concerned about the museum. I have to say while it is not the Smithsonians it is a great local museum. It took hours to go through all of the varied exhibits on the multiple floors. There is an exhibit about innovation featuring local residents that was very interesting. There... More 

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Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for giving the Berkshire Museum a chance (and extra thanks for sharing your positive experience so others might visit us too). We are glad to hear that you had such a great time exploring our museum! More 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As my kids were growing up, we spent countless hours in the museum. On rainy days, we would watch the fish swim, learn about reptiles and watch turtles being fed in the basement aquarium. Saturday morning kitchen science class made the concept of acid-base accessible to my youngsters. Although the Hall of Innovation did not turn out as interactive as... More 

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Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful review. The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation is undergoing a multi-phase update that included the addition of our Mindball interactive this spring and will continue to bring exciting new activities to the space. What would you like to see in that exhibition in the future? Your feedback is very much appreciated. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was begun/funded by the Crane paper magnate with items he collected himself. It has since grown, but is a very manageable size. It can be done in a couple of hours. The variety of objects is amazing, from pieces of the Kittyhawk plane, to European art, an Egyption sarcophogus, American historical and contemporary art, an aquarium on the... More 

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Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

As someone who spends 40 hours a week in this building, I am ashamed to admit I didn't know we had a piece of Kittyhawk on view. Thank you for your enlightening review... I'm off to find this interesting bit of history in the galleries! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to visit a lot of museums, parks and venues but never liked the Berkshire Museum. To say the least it felt armature and was left disappointed. I totally understand the museum is small and limited but feel like they could be far better than they are.

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Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your experience with us. You said you feel that we could be better than we are ... would you mind taking a moment to share what you are looking for so we can improve in the future? More 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Berkshire museum is a great place to bring kids. There are numerous activities, as well as aquarium that often has viewing hours to watch the feedings.

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