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“Interesting if you are in the area”

Crane Museum of Papermaking
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Dalton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Interesting if you are in the area”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Crane Museum is worth a stop only if you are in the area. It is hard to find as the streets are not marked well like the rest of the Berkshires. It is free and the volunteer who staffs it is very pleasant and full of information. They show you 2 DVDs regarding paper and money. The museum is small but has some demonstrations for kids.

Visited July 2013
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CraneMuseum, General Manager at Crane Museum of Papermaking, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
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Stoneham, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
“Go!”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

My husband wanted to visit this museum. I expected to be bored, BUT it was fascinating. I have used tons of paper in my lifetime and have never known how it was made. I assumed that all paper came from trees. I also had no idea where our paper money came from. Our paper money and high quality invitation and note paper all come from cotton. In the early days it all came from rags.

All paper for United States paper currency has been made at the Crane Paper Company since 1879 when Winthrop Crane won the first contract from the Federal Government. For the past 134 years the government has purchased all paper on which it prints its currency from the Crane Paper Company. Other companies have tried and failed to replace them.

The curator is very interesting. I learned a great deal from the two videos we were shown. One was about the making of paper from cotton. The other was about all the security features that there will be in the new $100.00 bills that are coming out in October 2013.

I enjoyed the displays of the invitations that have been printed on paper made from cotton at the Crane factory.

The museum is completely free. There isn't even a box for donations. We spent about 90 minutes there.

Visited July 2013
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CraneMuseum, Manager at Crane Museum of Papermaking, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Thank you so much for posting. We hope your one-word review speaks volumes for potential visitors.
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Crane Museum of Papermaking”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stopped here as we traveled through western Massachusetts. It was a nice surprise. The video showed how paper is made. All Crane paper products are made from cotton and linen. The museum has exhibits of invitations Crane produced for the rich and famous. The docent took her time to answer our questions. This is the only company that makes paper for our paper currency. At the end of the tour she gave us various samples of note cards, decorative paper and boxes all made by Crane. The entire visit was free and very educational..

Visited October 2012
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
1,955 reviews
1,077 attraction reviews
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“Interesting free museum on paper making and the history of Crane Papermaking”
Reviewed 8 October 2011

This is a small, interesting, free museum operated by the Crane Papermaking Co. that makes all the paper for US currency, as well as some foreign currency. The company is over 200 years old and the museum is in a 1844 mill. There are video presentations, displays and alot of information by Charles Wellspeak, the curator of the museum, who worked for Crane for over 40 years--he knows everything to know about currency and papermaking. There is free parking. A word of caution--the museum in not at the address listed or indicated on a GPS--it is behind the main offices of the company. At first we could not find the museum, but when going to the company offices, they had directions printed.

Visited October 2011
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Delmar, New York
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very Informative and Free!”
Reviewed 2 August 2011

This is a great little museum showing the history of the family-owned company that has produced the paper on which US currency has been printed since 1879. A very friendly docent helped fill in some of the background and interesting details. She also showed us 3 videos that explained the paper-making process. Perhaps most interesting was a video that demonstrated how colored and gilded borders are applied by hand (amazingly) to note cards. We left with some free samples of the note cards and the feeling that our visit of almost one hour was very well spent. If you are in the area when they are open for visitors, I highly recommend stopping by.

Visited August 2011
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