Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Amherst
(4.9/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
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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  • A great museum that you would not expect in a small place such as Amherst. Fantastic collection of fossils, excellent for kids. Entrance is free and location is good (within campus of Amherst college)...  more »
  • Full of significant historical artifacts! Well positioned on the Amherst College Campus. Should be combined with a walk on the campus culminating with a wonderful vista of the Mt. Holyoke Range! 
  • A wonderful natural history museum that has drawn us back numerous times, with and without delighted grandchildren, to explore the early geological history of the Connecticut River valley and just sta...  more »
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  • 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!
  • I have rarely seen a small museum this refined. It is a real gem... The collection is varied and rather large (the walls are lined with pull-drawers filled with fossils that tell a story when opened in order), and while some sites labeled it as "not kid friendly", my 4-year-old was enchanted with the awe inspiring towering fossils of full dinosaurs, skulls and 2 gorgeous specimens of mammoth. He delighted in pulling open every single drawer, and asked for an explanation of every single one. True, it's not a "touchie feelie" kind of museum, but it's a museum that presents its collection in a kind of halo of awe and reverence for the countless eons it represents, and certain kids will pick up on this and become enthralled...! There are certain pieces that you can touch, especially in the very large "footprints" collection, which my kids loved pretending he was a dinosaur in :D
  • Absolutely amazing. Had no idea this place even existed. Will definitely be back when we have more time to explore everything. Worth the trip for sure!
  • Excellent museum except for the lack of signage and visitor parking.