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“Interesting and quaint”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting and quaint”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Pretty good for a small town museum. Several interactive activities spread through out the facility which are of interest to adults and children. Exhibits are easy to navigate. Parking can be a challenge. Check the exhibit schedule to see if the rotating exhibits are of interest. There is also a theatre in the facility which offers separately ticketed shows for families.

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English first
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Go if you have 15 minutes to kill”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

We went to the museum on a tuesday morning with our boys (5 and 6). We were worried because the only parking we could find was on the street - signs said 90 minute parking. Not to worry, you won't be inside that long. The Dino room was disappointing and the aquarium was tiny. There were 2 "touch tanks" - one had 4 things in it, the other was empty. If you have kids, don't even bother with the top floor. $13 is a lot to charge for this.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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488 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Eclectic museum, great staff, could use some focus”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a children's museum, science and industry, and art museum rolled into one. Our family with small children enjoyed our visit and hands on activities (digging for dinosaur bones, touch tank, exhibit search). Membership to the museum is good buy and provides access to a number of other museums. The second floor houses art; the temporary exhibits can be interesting (we just missed one on native american art). The permanent collection is a bit of pick and mix with replicas of several famous works (finally I get to see Winged Victory up close).

Visited June 2012
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, Public Relations Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review, July 6, 2012
Thanks for the review, Int_Bus_Travel!
The Native American exhibition is actually coming up, please visit our website for the details and we hope to see you again!
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Kent, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Well Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

Many people don't know about the Berkshire Museum and that is a shame because it is a great small museum with interesting collections and fascinating exhibitions that keep things fresh. Plenty of things to interest young people. Several years ago there was a great exhibit on germs and also a live stage show of African music and dance that was very colorful and lively.Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2011
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Pittsfield
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

A real gem worthy of a bigger city. Always changing with top level exhibits.

Visited December 2011
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Berkshire M, Public Relations Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review, April 26, 2012
Glad you enjoyed your visit! We're gearing up for another round of changes for our summer exhibitions; hope to see you soon!
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