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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

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Address: 311 Curtis St, Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
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+1 716-665-2473
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Roger Troy Peterson

Awesome hiking trail outside ! Alot to do inside, A must to go when in town. Low cost ! Books to read and art work on wall's .

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Jamestown, New York
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Brisbane, Australia
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770 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I teesting enough but there is very little memorabilia of the man in the buildings. The are a few paintings and some his, (I assume as there were no descriptive tags). There was another exhibit with was interesting enough button by someone I recognised. Expensive for what it is.

Thank Anthony S
Jamestown, New York
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Awesome hiking trail outside ! Alot to do inside, A must to go when in town. Low cost ! Books to read and art work on wall's .

Thank sozostar
Sarasota, Florida
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50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Having been to the RTP facilities on numerous occasions with both of my children, I have seen the changes and improvements over a span on 20+ years. Friendly and knowledgable staff members, mostly volunteer, answer all your questions from both young and old. There also is a gift shop and constantly changing presentations. Overall, a wonderfully informative experience for everyone... More 

Thank John N
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful museum with wonderful bird and animal paintings and sculptures. I was unaware that Roger Tory Peterson was from Jamestown and learned a lot about him as well as other artists whom he inspired. The museum changes exhibits several times a year always keeping it fresh

Thank robred2016
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375 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History displays nature-themed exhibits in a very nice, new-looking building. There is also a trial on the property and a gift shop. What makes this place special is that it contains original artwork by Mr. Peterson, a true genius in the birding field-guide industry. If you are a fan of Mr. Peterson, this... More 

Thank Andi55_13
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Our young nieces (5 & 6) were staying with us for the week. We brought the girls here for an artsy afternoon. They were really into looking at all of the artwork that was being displayed. They also enjoyed using the binoculars in the library to see if they could spy some song birds at the feeders. There is an... More 

Thank PattyWarner
Stone Mountain, Georgia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 June 2016

When we visited there were very limited Peterson prints maybe due to making room for another artist. Could benefit from a short movie. Nature trails are overgrown. Definitely not worth price of admission-$15 adults, $10 for seniors.

Thank GordonW4
Cleveland, Ohio
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Someone mentioned this to me about six months ago and I'd forgotten about it until I was on my way out of town. I can't wait to go back and spend more time on the property. I did manage to tour the galleries and enjoyed some of Peterson's work as well as a special photography exhibit that was on display.

Thank notaconelicker
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

Mostly an educational center but the displays in the galery are normally quite nice. Building is great. Worth a stop and you might even learn something

Thank Blackleaf
Jamestown, New York
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We visited to see the "Art and the Animal" exhibit, which was fabulous. They have changing exhibits, but they are always of high quality. In addition, you can stroll the grounds and check out the butterfly garden and a pond.

Thank dogwriter2015

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