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Photo of Emily Dickinson Homestead in the Five College Area / Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts

Destination:
The Five College Area
/ Pioneer Valley
of Western Massachusetts

Museums, Galleries, and the Arts

Photo: Emily Dickinson's Homestead

Introduction

Lodging

Location

Norwottuck Rail Trail

Museums, Galleries, and the Arts

Attractions

Recreation

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Smith College

Amherst College and Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College
Amherst
Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, intersection of Routes 116 and 9 in Amherst, (413) 542-2335. Museum houses some of the American masters and is open throughout the academic year, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays & Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer, the museum is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. Admission is free. Call for holiday schedules. Pratt Museum of Natural History, housed at Amherst College off of Routes 116 and 9 in Amherst, (413) 542-2165. Museum showcases fossils, minerals, and dinosaur tracks. Open Sept: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Summer: closed weekdays, open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free; donations welcome.
University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts (located in the Fine Arts Center), just off Route 116 in Amherst, (413) 545-3670. Gallery uses contemporary art to offer unique perspective on current aesthetic, political, and social issues. Open during the academic year Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call for closings and installations and for "Jazz in July schedule". Admission is free. Amherst History Museum at the Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, (413) 256-0678. Collections focus on local history and include decorative arts, textiles, tools, and household items from the 18th through early 20th centuries. Open mid-May, Wednesday and Saturday 12:30 to 3:30 or by appt. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors, students, and children; and fee for members of the Amherst Historical Society.
Hampshire College Art Gallery, Route 116, 4 miles south of Amherst Center, (413) 582-5544. Gallery showcases outdoor sculpture on a most pastoral college campus. The gallery is open during the academic year Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call for holiday schedules.
Blandford Chester
Sheepgate Handwovens, Otis State Road, Blandford, (413) 848-0990. Artsy clothing, table coverings, accessories, and sheepskins. Chester Railroad Museum on the railroad tracks in Chester, (413) 354-7850. Trains, memorabilia, and restored depot from Chester's heyday as a major railroad town.
Museums, Galleries, and the Arts, continued
The Five College Area
Bed & Breakfast Association
P.O. Box 3252, Amherst, MA 01004
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Leverett
New Salem
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Introduction ..... Lodging .... Norwottuck Rail Trail ..... Museums, Galleries, and the Arts ..... Attractions ..... Recreation ..... University of Massachusetts at Amherst ..... Smith College ..... Amherst College and Hampshire College ..... Mount Holyoke College


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