Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Amherst

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Did you know that the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks is housed at Amherst College in the Beneski Museum of Natural History? The Museum offers opportunities for families and students to learn about the natural history of the Pioneer Valley and many other parts of the world. There are over 1,700 specimens (including skeletons of a mammoth, cave bear, and saber-tooth cat, and skulls of a tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops!), some from as far away as Patagonia, housed at the Museum, along with several collections, including anthropology, ichnology, meteorites, mineralogy, osteology, paleobotany and taxidermy.
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  • High Quality Exhibitions with an emphasis of the history of our natural world and much more. Wonderful views of the mountains from the Amherst College campus. This wonderful vista offers precious mome...  more »
  • This was a small museum, but their collections were impressive. We were in awe of the mastodon, mammoth, and giant deer skeletons when you first walk in, but they also have a wonderful collection of d...  more »
  • The new mascot is the mammoth and this museum helps you understand why. We loved looking at the fossil collection and the geologic specimens.  more »
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  • A lovely hidden gem. An impressive collection of fossils and pleasant staff. Definitely worth the trip.
  • Quite densely packed with "plunders" of several expeditions mounted by Amherst College, among several other artifacts sourced from other museums. Casually curious visitors can spend over an hour here amongst the bones and stones of the valley.
  • Impressive collections for a college. It is a wealthy college.
  • It's a neat museum and it's free. However, the guides don't always seem to understand the exhibits well. While I was there, they answered a question from another guest about how we know some thing or another by saying, "Well, we have scientists for that." They do color the plaster to contrast real bones, so it is neat to see how the skeletons are reconstructed. Most of the fossils are nearly complete.
  • There is an impressive collection of fossils and different types geological formations in the forms of both rocks and crystals(although crystals are also rocks). The fossil collection is beautifully lit with descriptions and helpful guides are there to explain or just let you explore. Take your children to see ancient dinosaurs!