Look who we ran into this weekend! This BIG stegosaurus sits in front of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. We were in the Berkshires for a reunion for the PR company where Matt and I both worked – and met – way back in the Jurassic Period.
Speaking of the Jurassic Period…this is Wally the Stegosaurus, so named because this creature’s brain was the size of a walnut. A life-size replica, he’s 26 feet long, 12 feet tall, and 7 feet wide. Since he’s made of fiberglass, he only weighs 1,200 lbs, versus a real Stegosaurus weight of 6,000 lbs.
Wally is the second Stegosaurus from the mold made by the Louis Paul Jonas Studios of Hudson, New York. The first went to the New York World’s Fair in 1963.
The theme carries into the museum, which has a small dinosaur exhibit hall. The highlight is the giant fossil dig area in the center. Kids don goggles and shovels and dig through pebbles to unearth unidentified bones.
Overall, the museum was a BIG hit on a small scale. The kids liked the aquarium on the bottom level, as well as the exhibit of Alexander Calder toys. The Girl was transfixed by the snake room. Matt and I….not so much.
The Berkshires doesn’t instantly bring “kid-friendly attractions” to mind, but we were lucky to find two museums with exhibits geared for youngsters. The other was the Norman Rockwell Museum, which contains the world’s largest collection of Rockwell art. We’ll be covering that in another post.