Museum of Special Effects? Why in the Berkshires?

Welcome to Animagic – the Museum in the Berkshires that showcases the local talent and their role in animation and special effects.

Did you know that many of the hottest movies in the last 30 years were made possible by people who live in the Berkshire area?

Acclaimed artists, animators, and special effect creators followed inventor and film pioneer Douglas Trumbull here, to bucolic Western Massachusetts from all over the country and from all over the world.

This talent is responsible for "the Slit-Scan" effect used in 2001: A Space Odyssey, "living painting" technology used in What Dreams May Come, the "360-degrees-bullet" effect used in The Matrix, the stereoscopic effect used in Spiderman The Ride, and much more.

The founders of Animagic are members of this talented community and have been  involved in many of these projects.

In Animagic, you will see the actual models used in movies, watch a stereoscopic 3-D Effect, see a genuine Academy Award® and discover how those amazing effects were made.

We hope you will love ceramics, puppets, and graphics of multi-talented artist Irina Borisova and watch educational movies.

In our shop, you will find lots of hard-to-find toys based on amazing scientific phenomena.

And before you leave, find out how to create your own animation and special effects right here.

Visual effects pioneer Douglass Trumbull in Animagic
Director and Animator Tom Gasek

NOTE: Animagic is open every day, all year round, by appointment only (see the bottom of this screen for contact information).

The admission to the museum is free to all. The length of the guided tour is 20 minutes.

Enjoy your visit!




We are open 7 days a week 365 days a year by appointment
Directions | Phone: 413.841.6679 | email: mambor54 @