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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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Interesting Homestead - Be Sure to Call Before Going

The house is interesting and the tour guide was exceedingly knowledgeable. Unfortunately, it was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sslansky
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Boston, Massachusetts
Excellent tour

Our guide was Diane, an intelligent, witty, incredibly knowledgeable, and engaging person. She... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Deborah C
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San Francisco, California
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About
Open daily through Sunday October 21, 2018. Starting Saturday, October 27, we will offer two guided tours each Saturday at 10:00 and 12:00 noon, through December 1. Then open by appointment.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
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+1 413-442-1793
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed September 6, 2007

We visited Arrowhead over Memorial Day weekend in 2007. We really enjoyed the tour ($15/adults) although you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house. I never read Moby Dick but still found the tour to be very interesting. I would recommend it to...More

6  Thank luv2travel75
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 28, 2016

I was disappointed in our visit to Arrowhead. I'm from the Berkshires and have been meaning to visit Herman Melville's house for years. I'm also passionate about historic homes and particularly, the authors or intellectuals who lived in them. I've visited the Emily Dickinson house...More

4  Thank Cecily K
Berkshires_Guy, General Manager at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2016

Dear Cecily K - Thank you for your comments. We are working with this tour guide to improve her interpretation. It is our privilege to preserve and interpret Herman Melville's Arrowhead, but sometimes the implementation is a work in progress. I do hope you return...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is interesting and the tour guide was exceedingly knowledgeable. Unfortunately, it was not clear that they were only accepting visitors at certain times of the day. We had to plead with the docent to be able to join the tour halfway through -...More

Thank sslansky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here is a historic setting allowing itself to be distracted about whether or not Herman Melville had an affair. The movie in the visitor center and the docents breathy "wink wink, nod nod" adolescent infatuation with this affair business was ridiculous. The curation seemed like...More

Thank HowardDDD
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Our guide was Diane, an intelligent, witty, incredibly knowledgeable, and engaging person. She brought Melville to life and made us eager to learn more. The house and grounds are fascinating as well.

1  Thank Deborah C
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We had a gorgeous Fall day to visit Melville's home where he wrote most of Moby Dick and lived for about 12 yrs.. We had a very knowledgable tour guide ,named Will who knew so much that made the visit very interesting and worthwhile. There...More

Thank Bellaluna64
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

What a lovely tour by a wonderful tour guide.....I have lived only a couple miles from Herman Melville's House my entire life and have never been...It took my cousin visiting from CA to finally go....We enjoyed every minute of the tour and felt transported back...More

1  Thank twiggy1011
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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 September 14, 2018

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 September 13, 2018

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 August 29, 2018

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

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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
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normor
April 23, 2017|
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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
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