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Crane Museum of Papermaking

West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
+1 413-684-6380
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Lovely Surprise - They supply paper for our $$!

A wonderful historical find for all family members. The museum takes you through the history of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fascinating and unexpected

Great tour guides, clearly very passionate and knowledgable. Chance to make your own paper too... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarah M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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. We have just opened our new Center for the Paper Arts. See how paper was mad in the old days. Make some paper yourself. Several cool art projects as well.
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  • Average3%
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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
+1 413-684-6380
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful historical find for all family members. The museum takes you through the history of paper and currency making. A copy of the bill of sale (original is kept safe) signed by Paul Revere is on display. The video focuses on the making of...More

Thank judiths776
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour guides, clearly very passionate and knowledgable. Chance to make your own paper too! Highly recommend.

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Take the path to this charming stone cottage museum where the Crane family has been making the paper on which US currency has been printed since Paul Revere paid a visit and you will learn and have fun. While you can't visit the factory (just...More

1  Thank mpiturro
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We hadn't planned to make this stop. But boy are we glad we did. The museum is manned by Crane retirees who are justly proud of what the company had achieved since almost the founding of the Republic. Although making the paper used to print...More

Thank jbkster
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Visited the Crane Museum of Papermaking in Dalton. It's a bit difficult to find, and displays are pretty ordinary. Gift shop offers a few selections of stationery at somewhat discounted prices. However, the docents are former employees and are knowledgeable about the papermaking, currency printing...More

Thank Craig L
Reviewed 20 July 2017

In past visits to the area I had always wanted to see this museum. This year we finally made it and it turned out to be way more fascinating than I had expected. The company has spun off its fine paper-making to a company that...More

1  Thank CarolinaBecky
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Many thanks to the TripAdvisor reviewers who made us aware of this super interesting museum and drew us in with the rave reviews. They are warranted – we had an excellent experience. The docent, Peter, was outstanding and really makes this tour with his enthusiasm...More

9  Thank VOYJEAN
Reviewed 26 May 2017

After reading reviews, my husband, adult daughter, and myself went to the Museum. It was great! Tour guide was excellent. Gave us lots of information. He was funny and used audience participation. Video presentation was very good. After the video and talk, we went to...More

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We were mesmerized by the presentation. A wonderful introduction to the world of currency paper production. Fascinating!

Thank edraupp
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We've been vacationing in the Berkshires for five years and always passed up this museum because it's brochure is uninteresting. So when we ran out of other places to go on a rainy afternoon, we finally ended up here. What a mistake. We should have...More

Thank LainieCat
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30 August 2017|
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Response from LainieCat | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I actually went there a second time just last week. Allow1 - 2 hours.
Dennis M
23 July 2015|
Response from CraneMuseum | Property representative |
Unfortunately not. We have a very small staff who operated the Museum Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. I hope you will be able to visit us.