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Crane Museum of Papermaking

Off West Housatonic St, Dalton, MA 01226
+1 413-684-6380
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Interesting

Very informative and intetesting. Learned a lot about how our currency is printed. Enjoyed hands on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
caryn k
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Sarasota
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Free and Out of the ordinary

This is small free museum where you can spend more time than you might think at first. The tour is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan B
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New York City, New York
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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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+1 413-684-6380
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very informative and intetesting. Learned a lot about how our currency is printed. Enjoyed hands on marbling on cranes paper. That part Great for kids

Thank caryn k
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is small free museum where you can spend more time than you might think at first. The tour is given by a retired mill worker which just adds to the presentation. Crane has been in business for seven generations, dating back to the American...More

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

People couldn't stop talking to John, the guide who has worked at the Mill and now runs the tours. He had tons of cool information about paper and currency and he was so kind and personable. He allowed my sons to make paper and everyone...More

Thank Monica B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I worked in a paper mill back in the 1960's, but learned that paper currency is not made from wood pulp but from cotton and flax. The information comes from the TV show "Made in America" from a few years ago, explaining how it is...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

We expected this museum to be a 30 minute quick stop on our way to “somewhere else”. An hour and a half later we were exclaiming over how much we never knew about American paper money, still thoroughly enjoying the exhibits and quite proud of...More

Thank DianaAshby
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We visited this museum on a Friday afternoon. It's so interesting and we learned a lot about making paper for US currency and passports.It's a small museum and the employees are very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend to friends!

Thank Cole1299
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We came expecting a little but learned a lot. The men giving the tour were knowledgeable and friendly. It was clear they enjoyed their time as employees and have great respect for the company.

Thank Linda J
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Crane Paper Company in Dalton is where they make the paper for US currency. Their museum is small but the docents are wonderful! The history of the company is fascinating. The information on the paper used for money was so interesting. I will never...More

Thank leschgk
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Crane Paper has little benefit from providing a free museum about making paper for USA Mint. This company shows it has heart for its local community and our nation. In their unique, almost hidden structure, paper making craft comes to life by folk who spent...More

1  Thank dianel103
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Small museum staffed by former crane employees. We were too late for paper making. Short video and demos on checking fake paper money. We enjoyed the two guys reminiscing about some of the capers in the factory and other employee friends. Free small samples of...More

Thank Wanda L
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aw2bad4u
21 July 2018|
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Response from Cole1299 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! They're open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm - 5pm.
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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
24 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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