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Crane Museum of Papermaking

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Address: 40 Pioneer St, Dalton, MA 01226-1709
Phone Number: +1 413-684-6481
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 17:00

With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and...

With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. In this appropriate setting, you will find a scale model (made by Dard Hunter) of the vat house of the first Crane mill, as well as some of the tools Zenas Crane used from 1801 to 1831. In wall and floor cases, exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery.

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Want to know how money is made?

This is a very nice way to spend an afternoon! Bring the children so they can learn how our money is made! Very interesting and the talk is excellent and interesting!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary Jean D
Hamburg, New Jersey
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Hamburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice way to spend an afternoon! Bring the children so they can learn how our money is made! Very interesting and the talk is excellent and interesting!

Thank Mary Jean D
Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

There is no cost to see this gem of a museum. You get an actual guided demonstration of how paper is made, you get a look at how the security features are added to currency, and you see an interesting video about money. The gentleman that was our guide was a lot of fun.

Thank Katheryn T
Meriden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My husband loves museums I go along for the ride. I was very surprised how fascinating a paper museum could be... really...great place to go. You learn some history and current events. I won't spoil it by telling more. The tour guides had previously worked at the paper factory and were very knowledgeable and entertaining. This is a surprisingly great... More 

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Tampa, Fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting to learn about making the paper for and security controls imbedded in our currency by this family owned company in its sixth generation. Paul Revere ordered the paper for the first US currency from Crane. Also interesting are the many samples of stationery and greeting cards ordered by our presidents and numerous celebrities. Lastly, take the opportunity to... More 

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Once we found this museum (the signage was a bit lacking), we were glad we took the time to stop and look. We learned so much in our hour and a half visit. The short movie was packed with fascinating facts and the two volunteers were knowledgable, friendly and fun. Display cases held many interesting items and the short paper... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The presenters, all retirees of Crane, gave informative presentations on not only the process of paper making but the crafting of paper for money in the USA as well as other countries. I cannot wait to take my grandchildren.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

For some reason, this place has been on my bucket list for years. Finally this month we made the long road trip from Boston out to Dalton to find it. I'd planned ahead, checked and rechecked the hours online, got Google Maps directions, noted the phone number and address. Well, Google Maps doesn't really have it right, so save youreslf... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is an exceptional museum. The DVDs they show are helpful. The docent was extraordinary. He was able to engage all the people in the group in a pleasantly personal way. Young children would not typically enjoy this. Primary school children and older could appreciate the experience. I would like to go back again; my visit brought up questions about... More 

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

What a place to visit. Crane produces all the paper for US currency. The tour guide was a former long time employee who was extremely knowledgeable and took great pride in the company. The videos really explained the process and you will learn to stop counterfeit money.

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Rockland County, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

About a half hour from Stockbridge, we enjoyed this tiny museum immensely. Peter, the resident paper historian, demonstrated how to make rag paper and then gave a great talk about paper making. Who knew that all of the U.S. currency paper was made by Crane? A fun place to take kids (though we had none with us) and a fun... More 

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