Weekend Planner — Kids: Beneski Museum of Natural History
Along with the world’s largest collection of dinosaur tracks (primarily from the Connecticut River Valley), skulls of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops and a diorama depicting local dinosaur species, Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History boasts free-standing fossil skeletons of a mammoth, mastodon, dire wolf, saber-toothed cat, Irish Elk and a cave bear.
During this past school-vacation week the museum’s three floors of exhibits have been open for daily guided visits for families with children ages 5 and up. Remaining tours are today and Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the museum’s scavenger hunts or try their hand at drawing a dinosaur. Or they can simply explore the museum on their own during regular hours, Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.
amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory (Kevin Gutting photo)