The Berkshire Museum Aquarium

Berkshire Museum’s Living Exhibition. Featuring over 100 unique species, the Aquarium and Reptile Room offer a look into the natural world through creatures from backyard to exotic.

The creatures on display in the more than 35 tanks of the Aquarium include

  • tropical and freshwater fish from clownfish to piranha
  • snakes, chameleons, geckos, turtles, and other reptiles
  • amphibians including poison dart frogs in their own self-sustaining environment
  • arthropods including scorpions and a tarantula
  • and more!

What you’ll see

See the wonder of seahorses, piranha, and poison dart frogs, among dozens of other creatures. From tide pools to tall grass, explore the Reptile Room and experience the Aquarium to make connections to the natural world around us.

Dates

Open Daily

Times

Open during museum hours

Tickets

Included with admission

Location

Below the First Floor

Perfect For All Ages

Plan Your Visit

Planning to visit us? The Berkshire Museum Aquarium is a popular destination for residents throughout New England, Massachusetts, and nearby cities alike. We draw visitors from out-of-state locations near and far.

See our opening hours, directions to the museum, parking info, and admission info (kids under 4 are free!)

Plan Your Visit

Conservation Efforts

In addition to providing guests access to a wide range of animals, the Museum is an active participant in many ecological and conservation projects.

Each year the Museum serves as a host to endangered Red-bellied Cooters, a type of turtle native to the town of Plymouth and Carver Massachusetts, as part of a state-wide species Head Start Program. The young turtles spend their vulnerable months at the Museum and are released once they are bigger and have a greater chance at survival. Thanks in part to this program experts believe the population of the Plymouth red-bellied turtles to have increased from about 300 to over 2,000 due to this program.

Educational Opportunities

Our education team uses the animals in the Aquarium to teach programs about the native wildlife and ecosystems of the Berkshires, animal adaptations, and environmental science. Virtual class visits are now available free of charge to any teacher at any school.

What people are saying

A gem in Pittsfield

“What a fun and educational place for all! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the displays are interesting. Definitely a gem in Pittsfield!”

– Ana West Reyes

A great find

“This was a great find! My fiancée and I stopped in here while in Pittsfield and I was intrigued by the fact that the Berkshire Museum is part Natural History Museum, part Art Museum, and part Aquarium. They have a nice geology section and a collection of preserved animals. The aquarium was great and had a lot of turtles (my favorite), and the art section had a nice mix of American Indian and classical art (including a mummy!). Easily worth the admission price.”

– Kevin B.

Grateful for this space

“This is a lovely museum that anyone and everyone should take a moment to explore. It’s a really wonderful way to celebrate community, education, and culture. Grateful for this space and the kind staff that sweeten the experience.”

– Kai Cimmino