Beneski Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur skeletons and footprints, dazzling minerals and more await you at the Beneski Museum of Natural History.

ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and our efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, all Amherst College buildings are closed to visitors until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.

On-Campus Museum Programming (ID Required)

SPRING 2021 student docent speaker series (On-Site @ the Museum)

The Beneski Museum is proud to host the SPRING 2021 student docent speaker series designed to spotlight some of the museum’s hidden treasures April 12 - May 7. Take a 15-minute deep-dive into "Natural History".

  • Wed 4/21 @ 4:30PM Marine Reptiles “More than one fish, two fish” w/Caroline Needle ‘22
  • Sat 4/24@ 1:30PM Memories of Mountains “Indigenous Stories” w/Ankit Sayed '24
  • Sat 4/24 @ 2:30PM Trace Fossils "The Tale of Tail dragging" Mattea Denney ‘22
  • Tue 4/27 @ 2PM Cephalopods "Squid Pro Quo" w/Carl Soderstrom '24
  • Wed 4/28 @ 5PM "I'm Stumped" How Petrified Forests Came to be w/ Macie Kilgore '23
  • Fri 4/30 @ 4PM "Show some Backbone" Evolution of the Spine w/Annika Baldwin ‘24
  • Wed 5/5 @ 2PM "To Breath or not to Breath" Evolution of Lungs w/Rilla Mckeegan '21
  • Wed 5/5 @ 5PM "The Best Fit" -Moving on to Land w/Lindsay Yue '21
  • Fri 5/7 @ 3PM  Anthropogenic Extinction – “Ivory-Billed” w/Ben Gilsdorf '21

The museum is for on-campus Amherst College Students and staff only.  ID required for admission.  

Sat/Sun 11:30AM - 4:30PM & Mon-Th 1PM - 7PM (Campus Community Only)  

Museum Visits & Student Study Space - The Beneski museum is open Saturday - Thursday (Closed on Friday) for on the on-campus community to enjoy visiting the galleries or stay a bit longer and take advantage of the museum as a "Study Space''.  The museum has socially distanced “Study Space” seating for 12 students and capacity to host an additional 15 gallery visitors. The museum is supported by a combination of museum security and student docents. The staff stands ready to support gallery visitors access to the collections and ensure COVID19 protocols for safety are attended to.  

Spring 2021 Docent Speaker Series Talks (ZOOM)

Join one or more of our SPRING docent speakers series talks.  Take a 15-minute deep dive into an aspect of Natural History presenting in the Beneski Museum.  Join with the link at the end of this page.  

  • Sun 4/18 @ 3PM Fossil Footprints in the Red Rock of the Valley w/Sadie Gomez ‘22
  • Fri 4/23 @ 4PM “Not another Microbe” Stromatolites w/ Taku Mhuru ‘24
  • Sun 4/25 @ 2PM “Clamsplaining” Why Bivalves are the quiet caretakers of the Ocean w/Fiona Anstey ‘21
  • Wed 4/28 @ 4:00PM Marine Reptiles “More than one fish, two fish” w/Caroline Needle ‘22
  • Thu 4/29@ 2PM Memories of Mountains “Indigenous Stories” w/Ankit Sayed '24
  • Thu 4/29 @ 3:30PM Trace Fossils "The Tale of Tail dragging" Mattea Denney ‘22
  • Thu 4/29 @ 5PM "I'm Stumped" How Petrified Forests Came to be w/ Macie Kilgore '23
  • Sat 5/1 @ 12:30PM Cephalopods "Squid Pro Quo" w/Carl Soderstrom '24
  • Tue 5/4 @ 4PM "Show some Backbone" Evolution of the Spine w/Annika Baldwin ‘24
  • Fri 5/7 @ 1PM "To Breath or not to Breath" Evolution of Lungs w/Rilla Mckeegan '21
  • Fri 5/7 @ 5PM "The Best Fit" -Moving on to Land w/Lindsay Yue '21
  • Fri 5/9@ 12PM Anthropogenic Extinction – “Ivory-Billed” w/Ben Gilsdorf '21

Join Zoom Meeting
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9205677715
Meeting ID: 920 567 7715

BENESKI MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Beneski Museum of Natural History is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, boasting three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display, and tens of thousands of specimens available for use by scholars and researchers from across campus and around the world.

Step inside the museum and you’ll find:

  • Dramatic displays of fossil skeletons, from fish to dinosaurs to Ice Age megafauna
  • An extraordinary collection of dinosaur footprints
  • Geological specimens and immersive exhibits that tell the history of the local landscape through geologic time, including when dinosaurs inhabited the area
  • Dazzling mineral specimens from around the world and meteorites from beyond Earth