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Berkshire Museum
39 South Street, Route 7, Pittsfield (413) 443-7171
open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except major holidays. Admission.

The Berkshire Museum, located on the square in Pittsfield, is acknowledged as one of the finest small museums in the nation. The museum's natural science collection is its largest. Galleries display life sciences, bio-geology, paleontology, and earth science. An equally impressive art collection includes ancient art from the Middle East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. European works from the 14th thru 19th centuries include pieces created by Juan Pons and Bernardo Strozzi and a collection of landscape paintings by artists of the Hudson River School.

"Wally," a 26-foot long, 10-foot high stegosaurus, welcomes children to the museum, and there's a Refrigerator Art Gallery designed specifically to hang children's artwork. As for the adults, foreign and independent films play nightly from June through September in the museum's surround-sound theater.


Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
Willow Creek Road, Lenox (413) 637-2210.
Open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day through October. Admission is free.

The museum is housed in the restored 1902 New Haven Railroad Station. Area railroading exhibits and two model-train displays. Current photographic exhibit of the famed "Berkshire Cottages," the name given to the mansions that aristocracy built in during the mid- to late-1800's. Take a 2 hour round trip between Lenox and Stockbridge, the trains use diesel-powered locomotive and 1920's passenger coaches.

New for 2003, we are resuming diesel-hauled excursion train service for the first time in more than a decade. The route is 10 miles along the Housatonic River between Lenox and Stockbridge. Round trip will be about 90 minutes. Plus, also new for 2003 is a permanent exhibit about the Gilded Age Berkshire Cottages housed in a circa 1920 former Baltimore and Ohio combined coach. Beautiful turn-of-the-century glass-plate photographs show the lifestyle of the wealthiest Americans.


The Bidwell House Museum
Art School Road, Monterey (413) 528-6888
Open May 27 - October 15, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Built in 1750, this elegant parsonage features period furnishings, heirloom gardens, and an architectural motif defined as Georgian saltbox. The museum is surrounded by 190 wooded acres and is open from Memorial Day through mid-October.


Crane Museum
Housatonic Street, Dalton (413) 684-2600
Open 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, June through mid-October. Free admission.

Zenas Crane settled in Dalton in 1797 and built his first paper mill in 1801. Two hundred years later, Crane and Co. is still going strong as the manufacturer of all the paper that goes into making American currency. The Crane Museum offers visitors an up-close look at the paper-making process and how it has evolved over the years.


Contemporary Glass Gallery/Berkshire Center for Contemporary Glass
6 Harris Street, West Stockbridge (413) 232-4666
open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Hoffman Pottery
103 Route 41 (2 miles south of downtown), Stockbridge (413) 232-4646
Hours: July through August - Wednesday through Monday, 10:00 to 6:00 p.m. and September through June -Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appt.


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