With 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.
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
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).
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Emancipating 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
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.