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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  • Spent a couple of jaw dropping hours absorbed in all the enormous fossils! There are smaller but just as impressive dinosaur and other long ago creatures tracks. We got there early 10:30 on a Sunday m...  more »
  • What a great museum! We didn't expect to find this quality of museum inside a college. The mammoths are impressive and I can see why they chose their name as the new college mascot.  more »
  • Small museum but excellent and engaging presentations in particular geological and prehistoric animals. Check out the impressive collection of animal footprints and lovely selection of minerals.  more »
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  • Really awesome Natural History museum, mostly fossil specimens and a lot of mineral. Some interesting geological history stories/models of New England also
  • A lovely hidden gem. An impressive collection of fossils and pleasant staff. Definitely worth the trip.
  • The mineral collection and the rock slabs with dinosaur tracks are AMAZING!!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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