In the heart of western Massachusetts, Museums10 is a dynamic collaborative of ten museums that inspire, engage and enrich their communities through shared experiences of art, literature, history and the natural world.

Museums10 is a collaboration of seven campus and three campus-affiliated museums that work together to celebrate the collections and promote the programs of its member museums to local, regional and national visitors. Museums10 is facilitated by Five Colleges, which provides major administrative support for the partnership.


Campus-based museums:

  • Beneski Museum of Natural History, at Amherst College
  • Emily Dickinson Museum
  • Hampshire College Art Gallery
  • Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
  • Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • University Museum of Contemporary Art


Independent museums, affiliated with the campuses:

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (affiliated with Hampshire College)
  • Historic Deerfield (affiliated with UMass Amherst)
  • Yiddish Book Center (affiliated with Hampshire College)
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The Beneski Museum of Natural History is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, featuring three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display.

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Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Eric Carle Museum

The Eric Carle Museum is a museum devoted to the art of the picture book and especially the children's book.


Hampshire College Art Gallery

The Hampshire College Art Gallery is an exhibition space for visual arts, installations, performances and video presentations.

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Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield Inc., founded in 1952, is an outdoor museum that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. 


Mead Art Museum

The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures.


Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

The encyclopedic permanent collection contains 24,000 objects that are used extensively by faculty and integrated into the college’s liberal arts curriculum.

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Smith College Museum of Art

The institution is widely known for its collection of American and European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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University Museum of Contemporary Art

The teaching museum of the University of Massachusetts Amherst maintains a permanent collection of approximately 3,000 works on paper.

Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center celebrates Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture through exhibits, educational programs, concerts, films, and other events.

M10 Summits

Virtual keynote with Christy Coleman, Executive Director at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and former CEO of the American Civil War Museum.

Swarupa Anila, the director of interpretive engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts, presented a keynote address.

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Keynote by museum educators Keonna Hendrick and Marit Dewhurst.

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Keynote speaker, Mike Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum.

Collections Database

The Five Colleges and the Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium Collections Database is a searchable database containing information about catalogued objects from the collections of seven museums in western Massachusetts: the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum of Mount Holyoke College, the Smith College Museum of Art, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Museums10 by the numbers

Exhibitions a year
Exhibitions a year
500 Public events a year
Public events a year
100K Works of art & antiquities
Works of art & antiquities
Collections objects
Collections objects


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Kevin Kennedy

Director of Strategic Engagement

Annie Croteau

Strategic Engagement Manager