Beneski Museum of Natural History

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

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Restricted Admittance

Due to COVID-19, the Museum is currently closed to the public, but is open to Amherst College students, faculty, and staff who are participating in the College's COVID-19 testing program and to special visitors authorized by the College.


Welcome to the Beneski Museum

Let us show you around!

From trilobites to dinosaur tracks, there is so much to discover! Museum Docents Mattea Denney, Sadie Gomez and Caroline Needell class of '22 give a 2 minute introduction to the collections of the Beneski Museum of Natural History.

The Beneski Museum of Natural History is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring 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