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Berkshire Museum

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Address: 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA 01201-6169
Phone Number: +1 413-443-7171
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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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Acton, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

My boys and I enjoy going here, but not all parts are kid friendly. In the basement is a mini aquarium with fish, turtle, frog, snakes, spiders, and lizard. If you kids are afraid of snakes and spiders, just stay in the darker tank side and they will be fine. My youngest could spend hours here. On the first floor,... More 

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Kim D, Communications at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We do our best to include hands-on learning and play activities for all ages in our galleries, but our audience also includes many who want to see fine art and historical objects which aren't meant to be touched. As your boys get a little older we hope the whole family can enjoy the entire Museum... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

If you are in the Berkshires for the first time and only have a couple of days, hit the biggies, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, one of the great houses. But don't rule out this gem of a museum in Pittsfield. Note that there is no onsite parking, but there is lots of street parting within 1/3 mile that is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We came here on a rainy and cool day. We figured we would kill an hour here. We were pleasantly surprised with the museum, my kids, 11 and 7, enjoyed all the exhibits and especially loved the hands on area on the main floor. They spent over an hour there alone and easily could have stayed another hour. Highly recommend... More 

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Goshen, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I brought my daughter (6 years old) and we had a wonderful time exploring. She especially liked the miniature worlds and the aquarium. I could see that since the last time we were there, (2014) they were trying to make it more little kid-friendly, which I thought was excellent. It is a nice mix of standard exhibits and more modern... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The museum provides a great few hours of fun and adventure for all ages. They have many interactive exhibits. If you go on a Saturday, check the web site to see if they are offering any programs for children. Most programs are offered free (cost of admission only). There is a great deal to do for younger children. It is... More 

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Kim D, Communications Associate at Berkshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I just want to add that we also have programs for children from ages 6 months to 4 years (depending on which program you attend) on Tuesdays, Fridays, and every-other Wednesday. More 

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