115 State Street
Building 4
North Adams, MA 01247
413 663-6312

Visitors Museum Hours of Operation:
Open daily 9:30am - 4:30pm
Due to limited staff we advise visitors call ahead to verify times.

A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75 miles through Hoosac Mountain, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY. 200 men lost their lives building the tunnel, which is still being used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosions, and debates re-create the hardships and heroism of the tunnel's construction.

Several beautifully restored buildings that were once used to store freight and commodities surround a cobblestone courtyard. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Programs and exhibits in history, science, culture and environmental education are offered regularly to the public.

Park Directions

Western Gateway HSP is located in the northern part of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

From South:
Take I-90 to Lee exit
Go north on Route 20 then north on Route 7 to Williamstown
At rotary, go east on Route 2
Turn right on Route 8 north
Take a right after the Hadley Overpass into parking lot

From East:
Take Route 2 West to Route 8 South
Take a right after the Hadley Overpass into the parking lot

From West:
Take Route 2 East to Route 8 South
Take a right after the Hadley Overpass into the parking lot

The Visitors Museum

The heart of the park is the Visitors Museum. Imaginative exhibits are designed to reveal the impact that the railroad industry and the Hoosac Tunnel project had on both northern Berkshire County and America. Children and adults can experiment with a vintage floor scale that was used for weighing loads up to half a ton. A 30-minute documentary film provides a history of the Hoosac Tunnel. Allow approximately one hour to view the exhibits.

The Gateway to Greylock Museum

The Gateway to Greylock Museum provides an educational and visual experience for those who want to learn more about Mount Greylock and for those who wish to visit its summit which can be reached from the Park. It features a six minute film and ten exhibit themes covering the history, science and culture of the mountain in approximately 1500 square feet of space. It is located in Building 5C just across from the DCR’s Visitors Museum in Building 4. Information about the museum is available by calling 413-663-6312

Recreational Opportunities

Educational & Interpretive Opportunities

Things to know before you go…

Admission and parking is free. The building and exhibits are universally accessible. Program access may vary. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Group tours and school visits may be arranged by calling in advance. While touring northern Berkshire County in the spring, summer and fall consider visiting: Natural Bridge State Park, just two miles away on Rte. 8; and Mount Greylock State Reservation, with its summit at 3,491 feet, the highest peak in Massachusetts. The drive from Western Gateway offers spectacular views of the Berkshire landscape. It can be easily reached from the Furnace Street exit of Western Gateway.

Other Heritage State Parks

You can learn more about Massachusetts' industrial heritage at these state parks: Blackstone River and Canal HSP, Holyoke HSP, Lawrence HSP, and Lynn HSP.