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Berkshire Museum

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Address: 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA 01201-6169
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+1 413-443-7171
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art,...

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.

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Charming Small Museum with Eclectic Collection

Nothing spectacular but a hodge podge of art, natural history, local history and a couple of mummies along with an aquarium of fish from all over. It is an interesting way to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Hugh B
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Pleasantville, New York
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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a rainy day, so we figured why not? And while there were a few interesting exhibits...who doesn't like mummies?.... I can't say we're in any hurry to go back. The downstairs aquarium could only thrill children, as it's small with rather uninteresting fish. The displays upstairs seem rather haphazard. Napoleon's death mask next to a tortoise skeleton? While... More 

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Thank kingbyriverk
Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am sorry to hear that you did not have an enjoyable visit. Our galleries are curated in a "curio cabinet" style based on the vision of our founder, Zenas Crane. We believe that mixing art, science, and historical objects together helps to make inspiring connections between the... More 

new haven, ct
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121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for the festival of trees; it doesn't compare to ones I have seen in the past (wayyy in the past, when such festivals began, eg at the Albany Institute of History & Art) but had it all over any local ones here in Connecticut I have seen the past few years. We took a few peeks at other... More 

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Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent Museum experience. I am sorry to hear that you were here at a time when our elevator was out of commission - I hope that it did not cause you any inconvenience. For future reference, the elevator does go to the basement level, but it brings you... More 

Pleasantville, New York
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592 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing spectacular but a hodge podge of art, natural history, local history and a couple of mummies along with an aquarium of fish from all over. It is an interesting way to pass the time on a rainy day.

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Thank Hugh B
Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your recent experience. We have organized our galleries as a mix of art, science, and history with the goal of helping to create new and inspiring connections between the disciplines for our visitors. More 

Boston
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Although I peeked in other galleries that contained exhibits showcasing the Indians, the topography of the area, and even some European mastepieces. Did not see the acquarium. I mainly toured the Festival of Trees. Great idea! Cinema was the theme. They were whimsical, elegant, creative, inspiring. All conspire to get one in holiday mood. Best thematic decorated trees display I've... More 

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Thank drregina
Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review! We are so glad you were able to come all the way out to enjoy our Festival of Trees. We hope that you will get a chance to come back and explore the rest of our galleries filled with art, cultural and historical objects, and natural science! (Summer 2017 will include Guitar:The Instrument that... More 

Chicago, IL
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Loved the decorated Xmas trees. Interesting place that includes a small aquarium. Played a mind game with my grandson. A Xmas choir was practicing.

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Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are glad you visited, too! Let us know what we can do to rate a 5/5 next time. More 

Acton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stopped @ the Berkshire Museum on our way home from weekend in the Berkshires. Had the best Halloween exhibit; sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek "scary" info with exhibits that we adults and our young teen daughter enjoyed. We always love the aquarium and reptile center; and the hands-on Innovation Center was a winner! Our second visit did not disappoint. Also interesting local-history pix!

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Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our exhibits! "Something Scary" is coming down after Halloween, but we have a movie-themed Festival of Trees opening in November, "Tell Me More" and "The Science of Color" opening in January, and "Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World" opening May 20,... More 

Tampa, Fl
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Good for an hour or two on a rainy day. The display about miniatures was interesting. The other displays were average,. Go to The Clark Museum if you are a serious art lover.

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Finger Lakes, New York
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I specifically wanted to visit the museum to see the Northwest Indian art exhibit and got so much more! They had a great display of birds, reptiles and mammals, rocks and minerals, an exhibit on FEAR and the life size replicas of The Winged Victory and Venus di Milo brought tears to my eyes as I had no idea they... More 

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Thank FLPhotochick
Kim D, Marketing and Brand Manager at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I am sorry to hear that you had trouble finding an appropriate parking space but am very glad you were able to visit us and see Winged Victory up close! We have maps at the front desk and on our website noting available parking in the area and we do have a couple of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Cool place to bring kids of any age. Large collection of stuffed animals aswell as live ones. Alot to see and definitely worth a trip.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a quaint museum that offers some local and state-wide history and interesting artifacts. There is a theater attached where there are programs and guest speakers. During December, there is a wonderful Christmas Tree Exhibit-themed- by local businesses, organizations, schools and the like...a Must-See!

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