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Crane Museum of Papermaking

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Address: West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
Phone Number:
+1 413-684-6380
13:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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.

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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Fascinating and great fun hands-on activities!

As a Brooklyn artist in search for an artistic, relaxed atmosphere I found the paper making laboratory at Crane Museum the perfect spot! It is great to work with Peter and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a Brooklyn artist in search for an artistic, relaxed atmosphere I found the paper making laboratory at Crane Museum the perfect spot! It is great to work with Peter and interact with visitors and enthusiastic children!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worthwhile visit. Very interesting for adults and great activities for kids. Free for all and has a small gift shop.

Thank Dominick S
Dalton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I have worked for Crane Currency since the 1990's. The Crane Museum of Paper making is a great introduction to this historical manufacturing site along with the technologies that were used here. Crane is the oldest existing family owned manufacturing business in the USA having been established here in Dalton, MA in 1801. Crane Currency has been the sole supplier... More 

Thank Andrew S
New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

On a winter get-away and saw the museum sign while driving through Dalton. Ended up being the highlight of our trip. Peter our guide was extremely informative as to the history of paper making and especially the making of U S currency paper by the Crane Paper Company. A thoroughly delightful visit! A must if your in the area!

Thank Mark J
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Interesting video presentation, as well as Q and A with former Crane employees plus paper making demonstrations. NOT a factory tour. Long history of this company. Also a small shop that sells stationary products.

Thank rhankey
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing learnings about how paper is made, how currency is made and printed as well as a historical overview of the mill. Can't say enough good things about the curator, he's a wealth of knowledge. Make sure you ask him a lot of questions...he'll have the answers to most of them! Getting there close to 1pm may endure a private... More 

Thank HM786
Richmond, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I was the sole soul at the opening of the museum today (1 PM) and was its delighted guest from the moment I walked in the door. Not left to just wander, I was treated like a queen while there by the capable and knowledgeable Peter, the docent/curator. He waited patiently while I perused the place then played the short... More 

Thank winniezpoo
Hamburg, New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

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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4 reviews
Reviewed 27 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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Reviewed 18 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 

Thank DGrN46

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