Plan Your Visit

The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies is open year round from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday to Friday. We are closed on all days that the University of Massachusetts Amherst is closed. If you are visiting from afar, call ahead to verify that we will be open on the day or days that you plan to visit.

General inquiries should be directed to 413-577-3600.

Driving Directions

From the South

Take I-91 to exit 19, turn right, cross the bridge and go six miles to the Amherst Common which will face you on the left at a traffic light in the middle of town. Turn left at the lights stay on that road, which becomes North Pleasant St. and then (without turning) East Pleasant St. The Center is 650 East Pleasant Street, about 3 miles from the center of town, on the left and a quarter mile past the fire station on the right. You cannot see The Center from the road, look for a small white sign on the roadway; there is a sign for Stone House Flower Farm across the road. Turn left into our dirt driveway and come down to the two parking lots at the Center.

From the North

Take I-91 to exit 20; at the exit go to the traffic light and turn left on Damon Road. At the end of Damon Road, at the bridge construction, turn left again over the bridge and follow the directions above.

From the East

Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, go north (toward Holyoke) onto I-91 and follow the directions for those coming from the south. Those using Route 9 from the east or west will come into the center of Amherst. At the traffic light at the Common, turn north along the Common. You are on South Pleasant Street, soon to become East Pleasant Street. Follow East Pleasant Street. The Center is 650 East Pleasant Street, about 3 miles from the center of town, on the left and a quarter mile past the fire station on the right. You cannot see The Center from the road, look for a small white sign on the roadway; there is a sign for Stone House Flower Farm across the road. Turn left into our dirt driveway and come down to the two parking lots at the Center.

From the West

Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, and follow the directions above.