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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
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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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Some History in the Heart of Pittsfield...

This is a quaint museum that offers some local and state-wide history and interesting artifacts. There is a theater attached where there are programs and guest speakers. During... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cheshire, Massachusetts

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a quaint museum that offers some local and state-wide history and interesting artifacts. There is a theater attached where there are programs and guest speakers. During December, there is a wonderful Christmas Tree Exhibit-themed- by local businesses, organizations, schools and the like...a Must-See!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boys and I enjoy going here, but not all parts are kid friendly. In the basement is a mini aquarium with fish, turtle, frog, snakes, spiders, and lizard. If you kids are afraid of snakes and spiders, just stay in the darker tank side and they will be fine. My youngest could spend hours here. On the first floor,... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We do our best to include hands-on learning and play activities for all ages in our galleries, but our audience also includes many who want to see fine art and historical objects which aren't meant to be touched. As your boys get a little older we hope the whole family can enjoy the entire Museum... More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the Berkshires for the first time and only have a couple of days, hit the biggies, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, one of the great houses. But don't rule out this gem of a museum in Pittsfield. Note that there is no onsite parking, but there is lots of street parting within 1/3 mile that is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 22, 2016

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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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I just want to add that we also have programs for children from ages 6 months to 4 years (depending on which program you attend) on Tuesdays, Fridays, and every-other Wednesday. More 

Boynton Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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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 August 12, 2016 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 August 6, 2016

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 

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