Hilltown Families


Celebrating its 4th year of promoting creative free play, the Berkshire Museum’s 10 Days of Play event offers opportunities to experiment with creative materials, explore the intersection of art and science, and engage in free play inspired by exciting materials.

Take yourself into the world of the exotic intrigue of “Butterflies” at Berkshire Museum’s newest exhibit where the whole family will be introduced to butterflies from all around the world. The butterfly effect brings educational opportunities beyond where these beautiful creatures come from but also explores their representation in art and how studying them stimulates the analytical mind. Pair a visit to the museum with a visit to Project Native’s Butterfly House, and a study of the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies at home, and have a well rounded community-based educational experience this summer that supports interests in entomology, ecology, and even math art & history!

Berkshire Museum presents PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material What role does paper play in your family’s daily life?  Bedtime stories are printed on it, homework is written on it, a bin in your garage collects it for recycling and reuse.  However, the history, science, and artistic potential of paper is much more complex and fascinating than the average person’s experience with the material might suggest. On Saturday, June… Read More

Ansel Adams: Masterworks on View Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA February 9th – June 2nd, 2013 The Berkshire Museum welcomes their newest exhibit this week!  Beginning February 9th, “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” will be down in the museum’s galleries.  The show contains 48 pieces of Adams’ most striking nature photography, on loan from the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA.  Titled, “The Museum Set,” the works feature scenes from across the country… Read More

Engaging Experiences at the Berkshire Museum When you think of the Berkshires, images of the green and blanketed Tanglewood lawn may come to mind, or the beautiful colors of fall in the Hilltowns, but the Berkshires don’t close up shop for the winter! The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA has a busy winter season planned, with engaging new exhibitions, hands-on public programming, and lots of opportunities for family fun and learning. The… Read More

Berkshire Museum presents Bats: Creatures of the Night Learn the true story of the only flying mammal from January 19 to May 12, 2013 Forget the myths and learn the truth about bats: they are gentle, beneficial animals that play an important role in our planet’s ecology. With larger-than-life models and interactive stations, visitors to Bats: Creatures of the Night at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield can experience the sensitivity of bat… Read More

Let’s Bake Cookies! Berkshire Museum to Host Cookie Contest During Holiday Season Saturday, December 8th in Pittsfield Does your family have a favorite and treasured holiday cookie recipe that has been passed down through the generations? Show it off by entering your family recipe in the Berkshire Museum’s cookie contest! The event, which is part of a launch celebration for local author Gina Hyams’ Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box: Everything You… Read More

Native American Heritage Month Celebrated Across Western MA Fall is often a time when students learn about the history of America and the American Revolution – topics that lend themselves to studies of Native American history and culture, as well.  Students’ learning about Native American ways of life during Native American Heritage Month can be supplemented by a visit to a gallery show of Native American artwork – either at Westfield State… Read More

The Story of Film: An Odyssey Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA Oct 18 – Dec 13, 2012 The Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema is offering an in-depth look at the history of films!  The cinema will screen The Story of Film: An Odyssey in eight parts on Thursdays between October 18th and December 13th, starting with “Birth of Cinema:” The series, which totals just over 15 hours in length, has been divided into… Read More

Mummified in the Berkshires As the heat wave continued, the boys and I packed it all up for a full day at The Berkshire Museum, including a performance of The Mummy’s Tale and Other Stories from the Great Beyond. My youngest child is four years old so I was unsure he’d be able to sit through a play. I was even a little nervous that he might be scared of the mummy,… Read More

The Family Friendly Berkshires: A Place to Dig Culture—and Dinosaurs Dipping your feet in a rushing stream, flying kites on a spectacular open hillside, picnicking amid a lush mountain landscape: Images of summer in the country conjure up powerful memories—and are why many of us have to visit a pastoral spot to vacation. Our children love rural adventures, too, but youngsters today need more than simple pleasures. Berkshire County’s year round mix… Read More

Wrapped! Search for the Essential Mummy Tells the Inside Story of Mummies: both figuratively and literally! Museum visitors often leave an exhibition of Egyptian artifacts with the impression that mummies are all the same and that all mummies were kings or princes during their lives. In reality, mummies are individuals; they vary in terms of their manner of preparation, the decoration of their sarcophagi, and the region in which they lived. And,… Read More

Bioblitz in the Berkshires Friday & Saturday, June 4th-5th in Pittsfield, MA Celebrating the United Nation’s “Year of Biodiversity,” the Berkshire Museum is holding Berkshire County’s first BioBlitz in Pittsfield State Forest from noon on Friday, June 4th to noon on Saturday, June 5th, 2010. The weekend event will allow scientists and local residents to document the extensive variety of life in their immediate area and see first-hand the diversity and importance… Read More

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield Starts 2010 with a Bang: Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal opens January 23 Berkshire Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal, explores the evolution, function, and craft of weaponry and armor throughout human culture and the animal kingdom. This exhilarating exhibition, drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, runs from January 23 through June 6. Man and animals have always been Armed &… Read More

Frogs: A Chorus of Color at the Berkshire Museum This week we went to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Following a wonderful production of Wind in the Willows by Berkshire Theater Festival in their auditorium, we went upstairs to check-out their exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Color. Wow! This is an impressive show that is both educational and visually stunning. Through a dazzling display of photos, frog colors and textures, audible… Read More

SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. FEATURED EVENT There are so many great events happening this weekend, with many great reasons to visit our local museums. On Saturday, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is hosting a free day with opening day festivities for the exhibit,… Read More

LISTEN NOW HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW Ben Rudnick Guest DJ Episode with Ben Rudnick & Persephone WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Tuesday evening @ 7pm 01/08/08 PLAYLIST listen now | subscribe to podcast | archived shows | contests PLAYLIST  Buck Howdy With BB – “Hoe Down” [Chickens] Ben Rudnick and Friends – “I Need A Hand” [The Challenger: Baseball Song and Other Hits] Ellis Paul –… Read More

Berkshire Museum to Present Public Programs at Lichtenstein Center, the YMCA, and the Berkshire Community College While Closed for Renovations in January & February The Berkshire Museum will be closed for construction from January 1 through March 28, 2008. During this time Phase II of the renovation project, which includes the long-awaited installation of a climate control (HVAC) system, will be completed. During the construction period, the Berkshire Museum will present several… Read More

Hilltown families enjoyed African-American soul food during the “I Have a Dream” community celebration at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, on Monday, January 16th, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The “I Have A Dream” celebration was kicked off at 1 p.m. with a reading from King’s famous speech, followed by a performance by the popular Pittsfield step dance troupe, Youth Alive. Youth Alive is a troupe of young dancers from Pittsfield,… Read More

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