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Berkshire Museum, The

39 South Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Phone: 413-443-7171 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Berkshire Museum is dedicated to interpreting arts, natural science, and history through education programs, exhibitions, special events, and other activities for audiences of all ages. Along with a diversity of permanent and changing exhibitions, the Museum features an aquarium with "Touch the Sea" touch tank and a 300-seat theater equipped with a 35-mm projection system.

The Berkshire Museum encompasses three major areas: the arts, natural sciences, and local history. The Museum's mission is to present exhibitions, programs, and events in these three areas for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of the community and its visitors. The Berkshire Museum develops, refines and preserves its collection of works of art and artifacts of historical or scientific interest and importance, endeavoring to maintain a reasonable balance among the three major areas. As a museum for the Berkshire region, the Museum recognizes its obligation to reach out to the community, especially the young, and all of the constituencies who will benefit from the Museum's programs and exhibitions.

Highlights & Collections:

The Berkshire Museum is three museums in one, with collections in art, natural science and history. Founded in 1903 by Zenas Crane, the Museum has eighteen galleries, featuring 19th-century American portraits and Hudson River School landscapes, European paintings, 20th-century paintings and sculpture, artifacts from ancient civilizations and changing exhibitions by regional artists. There are exhibits for children, incluing a charming aquarium with more than 100 different living species. Annual events include the Festival of Trees (November) and Galleries in Bloom (spring). The 300-seat auditorium hosts lectures, concerts and Little Cinema, offering the best domestic and foreign films. In the Museum Shop visitors may find a wonderful variety of gifts and toys for all ages.

Hudson River School landscapes, American portraits, natural science displays featuring an extensive collection of minerals and birds.

BERKSHIRE MUSEUM SETS EVENTS, EXHIBITS The Berkshire Museum will offer special camps for youngsters and tours and programs for a more mature audience this summer, along with an exhibit of Japanese prints. Other 1997 highlights will focus on Berkshire County history through photographs and other media.

Exhibition Schedule

Numerous Special summer kids' programs.

Adult Programs


Summer hours:

Admission & Directions:

On Route 7 in downtown Pittsfield, MA.


Key Personnel:

Sharon Blume, Director

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