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The Beneski Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of Amherst College in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Driving directions to the College can be found at http://www.amherst.edu/about_amh/visit/drive.html
The College does not have public parking during weekdays. Visitors who choose to drive to the museum can park in the lots or in the garage in the center of the town of Amherst, and can easily walk to the museum.
From the intersection of routes 9 East and 116 South, walk 3/10 of a mile down the hill, following route 9 East. Just before the purple and white railroad bridge, take a right onto (unmarked) East Drive, and walk past the Campus Police Building. At the stop sign, turn right up (unmarked) Barrett Hill Road. The Museum is a red brick building with a metal roof. The main entrance is located approximately half way up Barrett Hill, facing the south. There is a small stone patio in front of the entrance.
Car Pools & Groups
Groups may 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.
A map of the campus can be found at http://www.amherst.edu/about_amh/visit/map/
Select “Museum of Natural History” from the drop down list on the left.