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Amherst College Museum of Natural History

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A Secret Gem in Amherst

I don't think most folks in Amherst have visited the museum, but they should! There are amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
massachusetts, usa

This museum is a very decent collection of prehistoric fossils and footprints. The lowest floor is... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Brattleboro, Vermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think most folks in Amherst have visited the museum, but they should! There are amazing fossil displays of early horses in the Americas (disproving the theory that horses came here from Europe or even Asia). It is well laid out and well curated....More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

This museum is a very decent collection of prehistoric fossils and footprints. The lowest floor is devoted to dinosaurs and early reptiles and amphibians. The main floor focuses on prehistoric mammals and extinct birds. Top floor looks at topography, plate tectonics and geological formations related...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We found this free hidden gem on Trip advisor and our kids LOVED it! The fossils, stones, and drawers were a big hit! Special thanks to Fred who showed my kids some shark and monkey fossils after seeing their stuffed animals!! Such a fun treat...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2018

The Mead is a stand alone museum par excellence. Similar to, but better than, in my opinion, the Redpath museum at McGill. Old displays of fossils are backed up by drawer after drawer of fossils that just don't have the space for prominent display. Just...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018

This was such a pleasant surprise. I cannot not get over how many beautiful items that the museum offers. I visited with my sister, but next time, I want to bring my 10 year old grandson because it really offers a great deal for children...More

Thank nurse87
Reviewed 9 July 2018

If you take your time going through the exhibits you will find many interesting specimens and information about the displays. Interesting to walking outside the classrooms while in session.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 22 April 2018

One of the best collections of fossils I have seen. I was very impressed with the collection of trace fossils. The collection was even better than some paid museums like the Museum of the Earth.. They had full skeleton of a mammoth, dire wolf, and...More

Thank Tami C
Reviewed 19 April 2018

The Beneski Museum is a treasure. The collection is impressively presented: great space, lighting, signage. Perfect for those dinosaur-enthralled elementary school children as well as their parents.

Thank pcb893
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Great place with so much to see. A must see for prehistoric lovers! So many different fossils on display and mineral galleries. Took a field trip here and it was the highlight of my summer program.

Thank TheLaTuFam
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Lots of things packed into the museum. Workers very pleasant, informative and helpful. The collection of fossils impressive. The geology section good.. i spent a couple of hours exploring and learning. It was not crowded when we went on a Saturday afternoon. Free entry.

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