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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 specimens, including research and display collections in vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, mineralogy, geology and osteology. Museum exhibits illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of fossil organisms 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 derived from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut River Valley.

Students are encouraged to utilize all museum resources during their education at the College.  Objects may be made available for classroom use and for student research. The Museum also features study tables and a unique atmosphere for all types of academic work.  The Museum hires students to provide docent services in support of informal science learning and community engagement during the academic year and the summer months.

The Museum is open to all members of the College community and the public daily except Mondays, free of charge.