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Buses and Group Parking
BUS & GROUP PARKING for the Amherst College Museum of Natural History
All buses and groups must park in the Hills Lot located at 145 CollegeStreet (Route 9). The Hills Lot is just past the purple and white railroad overpass on your right as you travel east on Route 9 past the College. It is across the street from Leader True-Value hardware. The lot is large and buses can turn around and exit easily.There is a sidewalk from there to the museum.
To get to the museum follow the walk under the railroad bridge and turn left onto Dickinson. Walk past the garage on your left and then cross the drive to reach the footpath to the museum on your right. Most days you will see Geology department vans at the crosswalk. Follow the path between the two dorms, and head uphill. Keep walking around the four story Earth Science building on your left to reach the museum entrance on the south side of the building. It is five minutes from the parking lot to the museum front door.
Here is a simple MAP.
Buses with young children should arrive at the intersection of Rt 9 and Rt 116 heading east from Hadley. Continue through the intersection on Rt 9 for about 1/4 of a mile and immediately before the Purple and White train overpass turn right. Take your next right on to Barrett Hill Rd. You will find the main entrance to the museum 100 feet up the road. Drop younger children here and complete a K-Turn and leave from the direction you came to park the bus. Please note parking directions above.
Need to unload visitors who cannot walk from the Hills Lot? Drive South on Dickinson past Physical plant offices to the Stop sign. Turn right and right again into the delivery entrance for the museum. This is the ground floor entrance and is close to the elevator which can be taken to the First floor main entrance. This door is locked on weekends. Do not leave any vehicles in the drive. Unloading of passengers ONLY.
You may view a Map of Amherst College HERE.
You may read driving instructions to reach Amherst College HERE.