Amherst College Museum of Natural History
Amherst College, Amherst MA 01002
The Museum's collections reflect the historical journey of scientific inquiry at Amherst College. They are derived from expeditions, donations and exchanges, and have been acquired throughout the past 180 years of Amherst College.
Emily Dickinson Museum
289 Main St., Amherst MA 01002
The Museum consists of two historic houses in the center of Amherst, closely associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
The Museum’s 40,000 square-foot building houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world.
Mead Art Museum
Amhert College, Amherst MA 01002
The Mead Art Museum holds the art collection of Amherst College, a collection of over 16,000 objects. The Museum features regularly changing installations and special exhibitions spanning a wide range of historical periods, national schools, and artistic media.
National Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
The National Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to rescue Yiddish and other modern Jewish books, and celebrate the culture they contain.
Natural History Collections
University of Massachusetts
Room 146 Morrill 2, 611 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA, 01003
The Natural History Collections include more than 300,000 specimens of mammals, birds, plants, fishes, reptiles and amphibians, with an especially strong representation of local flora and fauna.
The Colonel John Ashley House
Ashley Falls, MA
Cooper Hill Road Off Route 7A
The Ashley House was the center of social, economic, and political life in Western Massachusetts in the eighteenth century. The famous Sheffield Resolves, a petition against British tyranny and a manifesto for individual rights, was drafted in the upstairs study of the house and published in 1773. The cause for abolishing slavery in America was strengthened in the celebrated 1781 Massachusetts state court battle that freed the Ashleys' slave, Elizabeth Freeman, under the new state constitution.
Chester-Blandford State Forest
Rte. 20, Chester, MA 01011
(413) 354-6347 (summer)
(413) 269-6002 (winter)
Chester-Blandford State Forest offers a rustic park experience. Explore trails and places with names like Mica Mine Road and Gold Mine Brook that recall the days when the hills of Chester were pitted with small mines producing mica, emery and corundum. Camping (first-come, first served) is available on 12 wooded sites.
The Keystone Arches Bridges Trail
The majestic Keystone Arches are a collection of five dry-laid stone masonry railroad bridges and one bridge ruin. The Keystone Arch Bridges Trail offers a moderate 5-mile round trip walk for all ages. There are some extreme drop-offs, and the ancillary trails down to the river at each bridge can add some mileage.
Sanderson Brook Falls
Probably the most dramatic natural feature in the 2,308 acre Chester - Blandford State Forest, Sanderson Brook Falls plunges nearly 75 feet into a deep pool. A 20-minute road walk leads to the falls, with a slight climb at the end.
River Road, West Chesterfield, MA
Visitors to Chesterfield Gorge will enjoy a half-mile trail along cliff tops that offer views of the seventy-foot-high walls of the gorge, the Westfield River, and the surrounding forest, home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys. Stone abutments of a ca.1770 bridge that spanned the river are all that remain of former post road between Boston and Albany, NY. Chesterfield Gorge is also the entrance to an extensive natural recreation area along the Westfield River that features catch-and-release fly-fishing and access to a mountain bike corridor.
William Cullen Bryant Homestead
207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA 01026
The boyhood home of one of America's foremost 19th-century poets. The Bryant Homestead overflows with family furnishings and memorabilia of William Cullen Bryant's life as a poet, traveler, and editor of the New York Evening Post.
Deerfield Village/Historic Deerfield
80 Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342
Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today’s audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England’s historic villages and countryside.
Memorial Hall Museum/Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Deerfield Children's Museum
8 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342
Memorial Hall's extraordinary collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles and Indian artifacts is the finest collection of local antiquities in New England and one of America's oldest museums.
Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road, East Windsor, CT 06088
The museum's mission is to provide a historically accurate educational experience of the trolley era, through the interpretation, preservation, restoration and operation of an electric railway.
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027
Search for wildlife and explore 5 miles of walking trails. The sanctuary’s forest, meadows, marsh, and wetlands are great places to explore at any time of year.
DAR State Forest
78 Cape Street, Rte. 112, Goshen, MA 01032
Located in the eastern foothills of the Berkshires, with 15 miles of mixed-use trails through northern hardwood-conifer forest. The campground offers 51 wooded campsites featuring modern comfort stations with showers and a private beach. Summer activities include non-motorized boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding (bring your horse), and mountain biking. In winter, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular.
The Berkshire Fringe
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
A summer performing arts festival dedicated to presenting affordable, cross-disciplinary new works of theatre and dance by emerging artists from across the United States.
Route 7, Great Barrington MA
Three miles of trails, some steep, lead hikers up and over the 1,735 foot top of Squaw Peak, looking out over southern Berkshire County. Sheer cliff faces drop over 100 feet to a talus slope full of pale quartzite blocks and scree.
Hancock Shaker Village
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, MA 01237
This beautifully restored village, set among acres of farm, woodland and pasture, is home to the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artifacts. Graceful Shaker furniture, craft and household items are exhibited in 20 historic buildings, each an architectural gem. The Round Stone Barn, most famous of all Shaker buildings, is a testament to Shaker efficiency, innovation and design.
Holyoke Children's Museum
444 Dwight Street, Holyoke MA 01040
The Children's Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge themselves, discover how the world works, explore new roles for themselves, and learn by doing.
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Wistariahurst Museum was originally the home of prominent silk manufacturer William Skinner and his family. The museum features original leather wall coverings, columns, elaborate woodwork, and a permanent collection of decorative arts, paintings and prints, textiles and a rich manuscript collection of family and local papers.
C.M. Gardner State Park
Rte. 112, Huntington MA 01050
C. M. Gardner State Park is located in the rolling Berkshire foothills along a scenic section of the Westfield River East Branch. In summer the sunlit mountain river is a delightful spot to relax. A wooded picnic area is available on the banks of the river. Camping is available nearby at Chester-Blandford State Forest.
Stevens Hiking Trail
Pisgah Road, Huntington MA 01050
1.2-mile walking trail winding through a wooded landscape studded with hundreds of large boulders covered in mosses, ferns and lichens. The trail passes a very early cellar hole and maple sugarhouse ruin, climbs up and down steep slopes, and crosses a moist stream valley in three places. Expect lots of early spring wildflowers and a great variety of ferns, and look for signs of moose, deer, bear, coyote, and porcupine.
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox MA 01240
The Mount was the home of Pulitzer-prize winning author Edith Wharton, who designed the house and gardens with the same intelligence and sensitivity that distinguishes her writing. Wharton created her gardens as architectural compositions, divided into rooms, and planned in concert with the house and surrounding natural landscape.
Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Launching its 31st season in the culturally-rich Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts in Lenox, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds.
297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
The Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the setting for a wide variety of musical performances each year.
Bash Bish Falls
Falls Rd., Mt. Washington
One of the most fantastic natural features in Massachusetts. Bash Bish Brook tumbles in a series of falls through a steep gorge whose walls tower in some places well over 100 feet. The final cascade drops 80 feet into a crystal clear pool. These falls freeze into a wonderful icy blue flows with the water thundering down behind.
Mount Washington State Park
RD 3 East St., Mt. Washington, MA 01258
Amidst the re-grown red oak-northern hardwood forest, the 4,169 acre Mount Washington State Forest offers 30 miles of trails over rugged terrain and wilderness camping. Hike the South Taconic Trail to the 2,250 ft. elev. summit of Alander Mountain for amazing views. Or follow the Appalachian Trail as it winds its way along the ridgeline and through Sage's Ravine. Springtime features include blooming mountain laurel and azalea; and in summer, a carpet of ferns.
MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts)
87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247
MASS MoCA exhibits work by many of the most important artists of today--both well known, and emerging--focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums. Broad, soaring galleries with 110,000 square feet of open, flexible space for both exhibitions and performances.
The Botanic Garden at Smith College
College Lane, Northampton MA 01063
The Botanic Garden includes thousands of plants, grown under glass in the Lyman Conservatory and in outdoor gardens. A collection of dried plants comprising some 60,000 pressed specimens is available for research in the Herbarium. Botanic Garden activities and collections include not only plants but also books and other resource materials, an international seed exchange, research and conservation, and diverse events.
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Damon Rd., Northampton MA 01063
The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 11-mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way. The path's level terrain provides safe passage for pedestrians, wheelchairs, joggers, skaters, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities.
Smith College Museum of Art
Elm Street at Bedford Terrace Northampton, MA 01063
Extensive collections include paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, Asian art objects, and much more.
Words & Pictures Museum
Northampton MA 01063
The Words and Pictures Museum, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, interpretation and presentation of fine graphic narrative and fantasy illustration.
39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA 01201
The Berkshire Museum offers a unique blend of exhibitions, galleries, and attractions for families of all ages. Exhibitions, fine art, and sculpture from around the world.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield MA 01201
Home of Herman Melville from 1850-1863. It was at Arrowhead that Melville wrote his most famous work, Moby-Dick, along with three other novels, a collection of short stories, all of his magazine stories, and some of his poetry. Arrowhead is now a house museum interpreting the life of the Melville family in the Berkshires.
Ashley Falls, Sheffield, MA
Bartholomew's Cobble is home to one of North America's greatest diversities of fern species and their allies, as well as abundant woodland wildflowers. The Reservation is named for its two rocky knolls that rise above the Housatonic River. These cobbles consist mostly of limestone and marble, whose alkaline soil supports an unusual array of flora. Away from the cobbles, the landscape changes to open fields dotted with red cedars and then to forest. Freshwater marshes and beaver ponds are home to many types of plants and animals.
Sheffield Historical Society
159-161 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
The Society's collection is housed in seven historic structures, and includes period furniture, accessories, textiles, ceramics, tools, toys, ephemera and an extensive collection of primary and secondary research sources.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield MA 01373
An 18,400-sq. ft. facility that includes a 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation.
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
Rte. 116, South Deerfield MA
Mt. Sugarloaf offers a commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills. Consisting of two peaks, North and South Sugarloaf, the Reservation offers picnicking, scenic viewing and hiking. An auto road winds to the summit, making South Sugarloaf Mountain accessible by private automobiles.
Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
21 Edwards St., Springfield MA 01103
The history and traditions of Springfield and the Connecticut River Valley since 1636 are told in exhibits of handcrafted furniture and silver by local craftsmen, motorcycles and antique autos made in Springfield, industrial objects from the region's factories, and historical firearms from the area's gun industry, including selected revolvers from a premier Smith & Wesson collection. The museum celebrates many of the area's famous people, including Springfield native Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.
D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
21 Edwards St., Springfield MA 01103
The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts was erected in response to a bequest from Mr. & Mrs. James Philip Gray, who left their entire estate for the “selection, purchase, preservation, and exhibition of the most valuable, meritorious, artistic, and high class oil paintings obtainable.” Exhibits include American and European paintings, works on paper, sculpture and more.
GWV Smith Museum
21 Edwards St., Springfield MA 01103
The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is one of the two Springfield Museums dedicated to fine and decorative arts. It represents the personal taste and Victorian aesthetic of the collector whose name it bears. Exhibits include Japanese arms and armor, Asian decorative arts, Middle Eastern textiles and more.
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
1000 West Columbus Ave, Springfield MA 01105
At the Basketball Hall of Fame, all levels of the game are represented under one roof. From Dr. James Naismith's invention of basketball in 1891 to the modern game, the mission of the Basketball Hall of Fame is to provide visitors with with the finest experience possible.
38 Federal Street, Springfield, MA 01105
Overlooking the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, Springfield Armory National Historic Site offers the story of the Nation’s first armory.
Springfield Science Museum
21 Edwards St., Springfield MA 01103
Exhibits include the Dinosaur Hall, Solutia Live Animal Center, Seymour Planetarium, and more.
The Zoo in Forest Park
302 Sumner Ave., Springfield MA 01138
The mission of the Forest Park Zoological Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation for indigenous and exotic animals, and to provide educational programming for all ages that encourages understanding and respect for the natural environment. The animal collections and gardens enhance perception of the natural world, and emphasize the importance of bio-diversity.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Intersection Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Nestled in the scenic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Berkshire Botanical Garden offers visitors a peaceful refuge of natural beauty, stunning display gardens, exciting community events, and informative classes for all ages and levels of skill and knowledge.
4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Memorial in Washington, DC. The buildings are furnished with American and European decorative arts and paintings collected by the sculptor. Woodland walks featuring mountain vistas and perennial gardens are French's own design.
The Ice Glen, Laura's Tower, and Mary V. Flynn Trail
Stockbridge MA 01262
Enjoy a cool summer walk in the Ice Glen among tumbled boulders, crevices, and ferns on stone steps, where ice lingers all summer long. Then ascend to Laura's Tower on smooth, wide trails, and enjoy fantastic views. Finally, cap off a wonderful day on the Mary V. Flynn Trail, a paved gravel and boardwalk stroll along the Housatonic River. Trailhead is at the parking lot at the end of Park Street.
The Mission House
19 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262
This National Historic Landmark was disassembled, moved, and restored at its present location on Main Street between 1926 and 1927. The house contains an outstanding collection of eighteenth-century American furniture and decorative arts. A Colonial Revival garden designed by noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele features a dooryard garden of circular brick paths enclosed by a tidewater cypress fence, and a kitchen garden divided by graveled walkways.
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Naumkeag, perched above the village of Stockbridge, was the summer estate of the Choate family. Designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1885, this 44-room, shingle-style house is filled with original furniture, ceramics, and artwork collected from America, Europe, and the Far East. Eight acres of terraced gardens and landscaped grounds are surrounded by forty acres of woodland, meadow, and pasture that stretch to the Housatonic River Valley.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The museum preserves, studies and communicates with a worldwide audience the life, art and spirit of Norman Rockwell in the field of illustration.
Jerusalem Road. Tyringham, MA 01264
A two-mile loop trail runs to the summit of Cobble Hill, 400 feet above the valley floor. Several rock outcrops offer sweeping views of Tyringham Valley with Hop Brook and the village below. The cobble features wildflowers and other woodland life.
75 Main Road, Tyringham, MA 01264
Santarella Estate is the historic home and studio of the sculptor, Sir Henry Hudson Kitson. Kitson's studio, affectionately known as the "Gingerbread House", gets its name from the storybook-style architecture and incredible "rolling" roof. The design and construction of this building was the last major project of Kitson's life, and continued for over 20 years.
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
29 S. Broad Street, Westfield, MA 01086
Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, MA, is a learning place where hands-on exhibits invite children to experiment, create and play through activities.
Western Avenue, Westfield, MA
Established in 1949 by Frank Stanley Beveridge, founder of Stanley Home Products of Westfield, Stanley Park features nearly 300 acres of formal gardens, as well as a carillon tower, trails, sports fields and a substantial nature area.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street Williamstown, MA 01267
In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA 01267
One of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art houses 13,000 works that span the history of art. The collection emphasizes modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to the present, and the art of world cultures.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Center for Theatre and Dance of Williams College, 1000 Main St.,Williamstown MA 02167
Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival brings together a vast array of artists and offers audiences varied cultural experiences. Every summer, WTF presents classic and new plays on its Main, Nikos and Center Stages, Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabaret, and readings, workshops, and other special events.
Notchview Reservation, a 3,100- acre property of The Trustees of Reservations, offers spectacular cross-country skiing on 27 km of forested trails. Located 2,100 feet above sea level, Notchview is well known for its early snow and extended season. The wooded trails protect skiers from the harsh winds normally experienced by high-elevation skiers in the Berkshire Hills.