Skinner Museum, South Hadley

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The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum is a 20th-century cabinet of curiosities. The Museum consists of the diverse collections of Joseph Skinner (1867-1946), a local manufacturer and philanthropist. Skinner was interested in preserving a disappearing past, with collections of farm implements, colonial life, Native American artifacts, decorative arts, and a whole lot more. In time, he accumulated an eclectic mix of objects from western Massachusetts and around the world.

The Skinner Museum opened to the public in 1932 and became part of the Mount Holyoke College campus upon Skinner’s death in 1946. Today, the Skinner Museum is administered by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and continues to be preserved as a resource for the campus and the community, in keeping with Joseph Skinner’s original vision.

The Skinner Museum will be closed October-April, except by appointment. If you would like to schedule a group tour, please call the Museum. A two week notice would be appreciated. Plan to visit Skinner Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended South Hadley attractions using our South Hadley journey planning site .
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  • The Skinner is an unusual museum, full of interesting treasures that one feels like exploring. Don't bother with it if neatness and order are your requirements. But definitely stop in if you just...  more »
  • A manic collector's museum of everything - some real curiosities mixed with junk. Lots of glass cases and dusty drawers to open. Children loved it, and a good way to spend a bit of time. Very short.....  more »
  • Authentic antique. You can see many smart designs and craft from the back time.
  • They have some really cool artifacts here and the ladies which were from Mount Holyoke College were really informative. Will defiantly visit again.

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