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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

Closed Now: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Cool spot but a bit small

We came here on a rainy day. You can't really see much unless you pay for the guided tour. You can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
Everything a Melvillian wants.

Yes, you can sit at Melville’s desk and see Mt. Greylock, his inspiration for Moby Dick. And you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Oregon
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Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
+1 413-442-1793
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on a rainy day. You can't really see much unless you pay for the guided tour. You can walk around the site, though, and see the house and grounds, but to get inside you will definitely have to pay the fee. There...More

Thank danibrig
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, you can sit at Melville’s desk and see Mt. Greylock, his inspiration for Moby Dick. And you can sit on the Piazza and see the “I and My Chimney” fireplace. But no interior photos, please. Of all of the author homes I visited on...More

Thank cwilson284
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a most enjoyable visit. Upon entry to departure, we were treated like family. The entire staff/volunteers were so gracious and hospitable. Our guide, a very lovely lady, provided us with the human side of Melville. She walked us through the living environment with...More

Thank LKT_Travelers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting information on Herman's life and work. Not a very big museum but nice to see where it all began

Thank sewbrick2
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Our guide was friendly, full of historical information about Melville, and graciously answered questions from myself, my children, and the one other tour-attendee. I personally think that the tour would have been more captivating if some of the non-Melville artifacts were removed (they are period...More

Thank 177trishag
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

House and barn predate Melville. The story of his sad life from beginning through his end. Original furnishings, pictures. Free, unless you take the tour Nice nature trail in bucolic setting

Thank SandySojourns
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Such a great place to learn about the writer of Moby Dick. Some very interesting facts that he didn't become well known until he died. He was a prolific writer on many subjects,

Thank Maddi D
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the house is beautiful! I visited a few times, every tour guide gives a different tour so you really have a different experience every time.

Thank Cecelia B
Reviewed June 28, 2018

The tour guide Erin was wonderful; lots of history of how the Berkshire Historical Society acquired some pieces and much information on Herman Melville and his life and writing. A 1 mile walk outside that would be lovely summer or fall and picnic tables under...More

Thank Needham2013
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Visit to this well-maintained and historically accurate residence is well worth a couple hours. Property is very pretty with great views of Mount Greylock. Our docent Bob was well-versed in Melville family history but genealogy portion of tour seemed a little long. Overall a good...More

Thank DouglasF2244
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Maria P
August 11, 2017|
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Response from Gonzology | Reviewed this property |
The view from Arrowhead in the winter is what inspired Moby Dick
April 23, 2017|
Response from Berkshires_Guy | Property representative |
Hi - Yes, Arrowhead is open seven days a week until mid-October. We look forward to your visit! best, Will Garrison, Executive Director Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead