Scroll through this slideshow to explore some of the most interesting little-known, and sometimes hidden, spaces across the Amherst campus:
Archives and Special Collections
on Level A in Frost Library is home to rare books, literary manuscripts, recorded information of unique value and materials that document the college and its history.
Tucked inside of Morgan Hall, Bassett Planetarium
, is open free of charge to scheduled group visits and showcases the college's vintage 1959 equipment.
Amherst's Beneski Museum of Natural History
, the third largest natural history museum in New England, boasts three floors of exhibits, over 1,700 individual specimens on display, and tens of thousands of specimens available for use by scholars and researchers.
In 1994, the College purchased a bunker that was built as a backup command center for the Strategic Air Command in 1957. Now it houses books from Frost Library and other Five College libraries.
Built in 1938, the now state-of-the-art Kirby Theater has been transformed into countless worlds thanks to its incredible scene shop backstage, which also serves Holden Experimental Theater.
The Mead Art Museum houses the Amherst College collection of art, celebrated for its American and European paintings, Japanese woodblock prints and oddities like this 19th century Feejee Mermaid.
Amherst College Postmaster Don Kells holds the fort in the post office, servicing the campus from its location in Keefe Campus Center.
, a turn-of-the-century building that once provided power to the Amherst campus, was recently renovated and now serves as a student-run event space.
Bequeathed by Herbert Lee Pratt, Class of 1895, the Rotherwas Room
in the Mead Art Museum dates back to 1611.
Standing tall between James and Stearns halls, Stearns Steeple and its nine bells are what remains from the College Church built in 1870.
Built in 1903, the Wilder Observatory on Snell Street holds what was once one of the largest telescopes in the world.
In between Webster Hall and Kirby Memorial Theater is the peaceful Yushien Garden, which celebrates the strong historical ties between Amherst College and Doshisha University in Japan.