Photo of two people digging for fossilsWith more than 1,700 specimens, the Beneski is one of New England’s largest natural history museums. At the museum, you can get close to real fossils, just like paleontologist Margery Coombs (featured at left), one of the many professors whose discoveries we’ve got on display. Dig deep into the rich past of life on Earth and find out where life began and how it has changed over time.

Paleontologist Margery Coombs in Nebraska, USA, 1975.

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11 Barrett Hill Rd, Amherst, MA | 413.542.2165
Open Tues–Fri 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sat and Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission is free

Emily DickinsonAmherst Arts Night Plus Poetry Open Mic, Reading,
and Art Exhibit

First Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

Poetry Discussion Group
Third Friday of every month, September–May, 12–2 p.m.

Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk
May 13, 2017

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280 Main Street, Amherst, MA | 413.542.8161
Open Wed–Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m., March–December
Closed January and February | Admission is charged

cover of Brown Bear turns 50The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
November 6, 2016–January 29, 2017

Brown Bear Turns 50
September 13, 2016–March 19, 2017

A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle
December 13, 2016—May 7, 2017

It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
February 12—June 4, 2017

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125 Bay Road, Amherst, MA | 413.559.6300
Open Tues–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun 12–5 p.m. | Admission is charged

Print of a person's head looking out over a small structureIn each hand I keep each of my eyes
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Buster Graybill, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Dawit L. Petros, Nandita Raman, Ani Rivera
December 15, 2016–January 15, 2017

Made in America: Unfree Labor in the Age of Mass Incarceration
January 23–March 3, 2017

Div III Student Thesis Exhibitions
March 15–May 3, 2017

Div III Commencement Showcase
May 10–May 20, 2017

Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Box of Visions (Caja de Visiones), gelatin silver print, 1938 (printed 1977).

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Harold F. Johnson Library Center, 893 West St, Amherst, MA | 413.559.5544
Open Mon–Fri 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Sun 2–5 p.m.
Closed December 22, 2016–January 2, 2017 | Admission is free

Man dressed in a Revolutionary soldier costume on a horseThe Flynt Center of Early New England Life
Open Weekends, January 1–April 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Explore our collection in this state-of-the-art facility with galleries featuring exhibitions on textiles and furniture.

Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster
April 22, 2017
Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriots’ Day holiday and the “shot heard round the world.” Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster.

A rider brings news on Patriots’ Day.

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84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA | 413.775.7214
Flynt Center open weekends through April 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Admission is charged

People leaning on a wooden handrail looking at a striped design on a wallMead Reimagined Opening: Take 2
February 9, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Accumulations: 5,000 Years of Objects, Fictions, and Conversations

The American Collection: Two Centuries of Art at Amherst

From Russia With Love: Selections from the Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art

Precious: Finding the Wondrous in the Mead’s European Collection

Rotherwas Project 2: Kota Ezawa

Hall Walls: Rico Gatson

Artist Rico Gatson and students inaugurate Hall Walls. Photo by Maria Stenzel.

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41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA | 413.542.2335
Open Tues–Thurs and Sun 9 a.m.–midnight | Fri 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Admission is free

Second century Roman statue140 Unlimited: Recent Acquisitions in Honor of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s 140th Anniversary
Through May 28, 2017

The Legend of the Lares
January 24–May 28, 2017

Lecture: The Roman Lares, Gods of the Home and Journey Harriet Flower, Professor of Classics, Princeton University
February 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Roman Lar, 1st–2nd century CE. Purchase with the Susan and Bernard Schilling (Susan Eisenhart, Class of 1932) Fund.

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Lower Lake Rd, South Hadley, MA | 413.538.2245
Open Tues–Fri 11 a.m.–5 p.m. | Sat and Sun 1–5 p.m.
Admission is free

Columns next to a open courtyardWhen in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900
September 30–December 30, 2016

Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii
February 3–August 13, 2017

Four floors of galleries including ones devoted to Asian art and digital media; plus a “Talk Back” learning space.

Inside the Villa of Oplontis. Photo by SCMA Director Jessica Nicoll.

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Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA | 413.585.2760
Open Tues–Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sun 12–4 p.m.
Second Fridays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (free 4–8 p.m.)
Admission is charged

Image of a women in a white dress above a woman in a black dressEmancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
February 2–April 30, 2017 | Opening Reception: February 1, 5–7 p.m.
American artist Kara Walker is remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality and the media with which she pursues her studies.

The Emancipation Approximation (Scene #18), 1999–2000. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. © 2016 Kara Walker 

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151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA | 413.545.3670
Open during school year Tues–Fri 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Sat and Sun 2–5 p.m.
Admission is free

Pencil-drawn image of butcher in a shopBalka’s Lower East Side
Through March 13, 2017
A multi-artist exhibition of works on paper documenting the experiences of Jewish immigrants on New York’s Lower East Side.

The Center is also home to permanent exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture and history, and hosts films, concerts, talks, family events and other public programs year-round.

A Butcher by Saul Raskin.

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1021 West Street, Amherst, MA | 413.256.4900
Open Sun–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Closed legal and Jewish holidays
Admission is a suggested donation