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“Interesting Small Museum”
Review of Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum
Ranked #4 of 28 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: Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 9, 2013

The Berkshire Museum is somewhat odd with an eccentric collection which includes some spectacular Hudson River School paintings as well as a fair share of schlock. The so-called museum shop is particularly lame. There is little else of interest in Pittsfield.

Thank DEngelJ
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"an aquarium"
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"natural history"
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"permanent collection"
in 11 reviews
"guitar exhibit"
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"rainy day"
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"special exhibit"
in 7 reviews
"something for everyone"
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"all ages"
in 16 reviews
"changing exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"the lower level"
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"small city"
in 4 reviews
"fine art"
in 4 reviews
"second floor"
in 9 reviews
"sea horses"
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"hands on activities"
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"on display"
in 7 reviews
"traveling exhibit"
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

An eclectic combination of natural history, art and curiosities. We also saw a fascinating exhibit about paper.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

There is an aquarium, my favorite, even with seahorses...Sat feeding time. Super exhibitions up now - one on PaperWorks and the other treasures from storage and many star offerings from mummies to Rauchenberg.

Thank cburtond
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

In addition to providing exhibits the whole family can enjoy, the Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield, Mass. offers variety and surprises. From temporary exhibits such as Ansel Adams photography selected by the artist himself, to the museum's permanent collection which spans centuries and showcases art and artifacts from all over the world, the delights are constant in each room of the expansive venue.
Visitors can easily spend a few hours in the museum, depending on their interests. The helpful front desk staff offers a map of exhibits, and visitors tend to enter through the hands-on dinosaur display. Children will enjoy excavating for bones while older patrons marvel at relics and data, such as a replica of a stegosaurus plate that allows visitors to feel its bumps and grooves. The plate represents the armor of a 30-foot, 2-ton animal that lived about 150 million years ago. Fossils include trilobites, brachiopods, corals, amber, and a very large shark’s tooth.
The Berkshires are blessed with natural resources so if minerals and semi-precious stones are your thing, displays offer colorful variety. Pinkish rhodonite and marble are among the local finds.
Also on the first floor, the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation offers a sense of the area’s contributions to the world, from Herman Melville’s wildly successful book, Moby Dick, to Clare Bousquet’s outdoor lighting for night skiing, from General Electric’s plastics industry with everyday plastics uses discovered by corporate engineers, to more artistic innovations such as in dance and film.
Eclectic articles from the museum’s permanent collections takes viewers from the days of mummies to intentional foot bones breakage in the name of beauty, from skeletons to stuffed bears, and from big-wheeled bicycles to intricate art from all corners of the globe. Who knew that the term “breakneck speed” comes from experiences related to late 19th century bicycles on which brakes were mostly for show? Museum visitors will learn factoids like this, and much more. This exhibit draws on the museum’s 110-year history and its diverse treasures.
Rotating exhibits such as last spring’s Ansel Adams photograph display beckons visitors to come back again and again. Adams selected the black and white vistas as some of his best work accompanied by reflections on locations and mood.
About three dozen aquariums delight museum guests in the basement level. From turtles to colorful saltwater denizens, the cool environment offers appreciation for our reptile and aquatic friends. Poison dart frogs and venomous lionfish are among the more threatening species on hand.
Other displays such as the World in Miniature and Berkshire Backyard take visitors to the far and near. A display on the Berkshire Elm commemorates a landmark tree which grew in downtown Pittsfield from 1524 to 1864. Its demise began with a lightning strike in 1841, but its grandeur lives on in British ceramics, engraved silver and printed material.
A changing movie venue and summer camps for kids, with nature and animation programs which run through August, are among additional museum offerings.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A good mix of exhibits that offers something for everyone. Hands on and interactive for children. Art, history, aquarium creatures, dioramas of the natural world. The paper exhibit is fun and informative.

1  Thank Lee K
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