When visiting the Museum with your students, we recommend combining self-guided time for your students to explore the Museum, in tandem with an educator-led program. Groups must reserve at least three weeks prior to visiting.

Preview the Museum

Educators can preview the Berkshire Museum free of charge year-round at their convenience; just show a school I.D. In addition, educator receptions are the perfect opportunity to preview upcoming exhibits and meet the education staff. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception and the opportunity to share and network with other Berkshire County educators.

Educator-led Programs

Let our experienced team of Museum educators introduce your students to a world of discovery. Drawing from fine art, history, and natural science collections, as well as special exhibitions, Berkshire Museum is dedicated to creating a meaningful educational experience for its young visitors. All our programs are developed with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core State Standards Initiative.

A full schedule of programs featuring inquiry-based discussions, objects from the collections, interactions with live animals, and cooperative group activities, are designed to engage participants in hands-on, minds-on experiences that delight and educate.

These programs are available for school groups, scout troops, home school groups, and groups from youth organizations.

Self Guide in the Museum

Groups interested in seeing the Museum on their own must arrange their visit by appointment.

Special Education Programs

Call 413.443.7171 ext. 336 for information about programs designed for students with special needs.

Admission and Program Fees

Thanks to the generous underwriting support of Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Beauregard Family, Pittsfield school visits to the Berkshire Museum are free of charge.

Rates for Museum Visits Cost per Student(Max 25 Students/Group) Minimum Charge per Group
Museum Visit (Self-guided) $3 $30
Educator-Led Program (Includes Museum admission) $4 $40
Museum Visit and Performance (when available) $5 $50

Chaperones: Free – one chaperone for every five students; (a minimum of one chaperone for every 10 students); $5 each additional chaperone.

Teachers (group leaders): Free (year-round). Plus 10% discount at the Museum Shop. Show teacher ID for benefits.

Group Membership: Please call the membership office at 413.443.7171, ext. 312, for information on education group memberships. Educator-led programs are funded in part by the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.