The Berkshire Museum is making sure to make the best of their closure by giving a beloved member of their family a little TLC.

Wally, the beloved Stegosaurus who guards Berkshire Museum’s front entrance, is taking a road trip. The life-size model will travel on a flat-bed truck down Route 7 South through Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington on Friday, April 10, before crossing over the New York border on its way to Louis Paul Jonas Studios in Germantown, where he will get a little refurbishment.

Wally is expected to leave Berkshire Museum between approximately 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, April 10. Wally’s journey will take the Stegosaurus down Route 20/Route 7 south from Pittsfield, following Route 7 through Lenox and Lee to Stockbridge. The life-size dinosaur will continue down Route 7 through Great Barrington, before turning onto Route 23  West toward Germantown, NY. An estimation of his route can be found here via Google Maps.

According to the Pittsfield museum, Wally is a 26-foot-long, 12-foot-tall model of a Stegosaurs created by Louis Paul Jonas Studios in Hudson, NY. The fiberglass sculpture was the second made from a mold created for the Sinclair Dinoland pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964-1965. The model currently at Berkshire Museum arrived in 1997 after 30 years outside the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Berkshire Museum Executive Director Jeff Rodgers encourages Wally fans to try to catch a glimpse, in a safe, socially-distanced way, as the dinosaur passes through their neck of the woods.

We hope that catching a glimpse of Wally in the wild provides a brief respite for everyone who comes out to see him. It’s not every day that a Stegosaurus roams the Berkshires. Wally will be missed, but we are happy he will be receiving a much-needed restoration so that our community can enjoy him for many years to come.

The Stegosaurus is expected to return to Berkshire Museum by fall.