This is one of my favorite spots in the whole world. As you know, I'm a paper geek and a history nut, and the Crane Museum of Papermaking brings not only those two passions together, but the opportunity to share them with others.
The Crane Museum of Papermaking is tucked away along the banks of the Housatonic River a few hundred yards from where Zenas Crane first set up shop in 1801. It's right in the middle of Crane's manufacturing and administrative campus, but it's a place that gives the visitor an opportunity to step back in time in a quiet, serene setting.
The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. through the middle of October. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our curators - Mary Ward and Charlie Wellspeak, both retired after long careers at Crane. In addition to the permanent exhibits tracing Crane's papermaking history, there will be a special exhibit set up next week focusing on the Colonial Roots of Crane & Co.
The Museum is located at 60 Pioneer St. in Dalton, Mass., for your Mapquest or GPS reference. For further information, you may call Sandy Streeter at (413) 684-6481.