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Great Falls Discovery Center

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Nicely done exhibits

I spent an hour here looking at the exhibits about the wildlife around the length of the CT River... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Springfield, Massachusetts
Logging History in On-Site Venue

The Dept of Conservation & Recreation has a grest theme for Sept 2018: logging and paper-making on... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Turners Falls
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Housed within a complex of old mill buildings in historic Turners Falls, Massachusetts, the Great Falls Discovery Center's exhibits show the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center's four acres of...more
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2 Avenue a, Turners Falls, MA 01376-1101
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent an hour here looking at the exhibits about the wildlife around the length of the CT River. The full size dioramas are well done. They often have talks and other special activities. It is right along the Canalside Bike Trail. You can see...More

Thank BoysMom3
Reviewed September 3, 2018

The Dept of Conservation & Recreation has a grest theme for Sept 2018: logging and paper-making on the Connecticut River, centering on Turners Falls. A one-hour movie by a talented local naturalist/historian covered 45 years of log drives from the River's source to the Turner's...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Lots of interesting dioramas set up, involving local animals. Very interesting and kid-friendly. Nice bike path out back that follows the river.

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Janel N, Visitor Services Supervisor at Great Falls Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thank you!

Reviewed February 10, 2018

Second Friday of month local, often acoustic, musicians are scheduled, and Feb 2018 was a piano-vocal duo doing less-well-known show tunes -- and doing them as well as any New York club act. The space is live, and capacity of 50 or so makes an...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

The Great Falls Discovery Center has something for nearly everyone. The real-life standing exhibits are a fine introduction to wild life in the area and simulate creatures and living conditions well. One Friday evening a month there is a variety of live music offered for...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2017

This center has fantastic displays of the wildlife of the region together with details of their habitats etc. We found it to be very informative and really enjoyed looking at everything. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Clear, thoughtful exhibits; smart, pleasant staff; interesting special events (Canal walk, plants, flowers, etc). FREE to enter, free parking. Interesting view of the nearby canal, bridge, etc. Good for all ages.

Thank grommit
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Our family stopped here specifically to see a special exhibit of photographs by Mark Chester. Mark has been taking photos of naturalized citizens who live in Massachusetts and so far has photographed people from more than 150 countries. A wonderful exhibit!

Thank Mike B
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

What a great place to go to learn about the influence of the Connecticut River on the animals and plants that live near or in it. The dioramas as excellent! And with the diorama is a chart that labels plants and animals. A great river...More

Thank LoriAllen
Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

The Discovery Center is a perfect name for this attraction. It's more then a natural history museum, its a learning center for children and adults. The dioramas are very nice and weekends are full of activities. The Great Hall hosts monthly exhibits of local artists....More

Thank Geri J
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