Beneski Museum of Natural History

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


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.

Museum Access Spring 2021 (Begins 2/23 Tuesday)

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


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