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Crane Museum of Papermaking

Off West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
+1 413-684-6380
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Snowy day fun

All by itself, this little free museum would have been great for a day that started out with... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Paul T
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Fabulous small museum

We expected to be there for about 20-30 minutes and stayed over 1 1/2 hours. Our charming and... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2018
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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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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Off West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

All by itself, this little free museum would have been great for a day that started out with freezing rain and then turned into heavy snow flurries. What made it downright great was Crane's historian Peter, who greeted us at the door and gave us...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We expected to be there for about 20-30 minutes and stayed over 1 1/2 hours. Our charming and knowledgeable guide, Peter, provided history and background of displays, followed by a video describing the money making process, and a terrific hands-on experience where I felt like...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

More a museum about how the USA makes it currency, the Crane offers a fascinating look into the process of making paper for the government. The building is charming and quaint and the experience is novel and interesting.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank Sarah M
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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autumn6420
30 August 2017|
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Response from Craig L | Reviewed this property |
Museum open through October M-F 1-5 pm, call before you visit 1-800-268-2281.
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Dennis M
23 July 2015|
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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.
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