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The Beneski Museum of Natural History

With more than 200,000 objects, the Beneski Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in New England (after those at Harvard and Yale). The Museum houses a range of objects and speciments, including research and display collections in vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, mineralogy, anthropology and osteology. Museum exhibits illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and describe the geologic processes that have formed the earth and our local landscape. 

Particularly noteworthy—in fact, world-famous—is our collection of dinosaur tracks taken from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut River Valley.

Students are encouraged to utilize all museum resources during their education at the college, and objects may be made available for student research. The Museum also hires students to be monitors and docents during the academic year and the summer months. The Museum is open during both the academic year and the summer, and features study tables for student use.