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Herman Melville Memorial Room

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Gorgeous collection; friendly accommodating staff

After seeing the movie “Melville in Love” I was encouraged to stop by the Athenaeum and see the... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Portland, Oregon
Excellent collection of Melville memorabilia

The Melville Room has books, artifacts, furniture, photographs, and other memorabilia associated... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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14 Sep 2018
“Gorgeous collection; friendly accommodating staff”
3 Jul 2017
“Excellent collection of Melville memorabilia”
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1 Wendell Ave, Berkshire Public Library, Pittsfield, MA 01201-6305
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

After seeing the movie “Melville in Love” I was encouraged to stop by the Athenaeum and see the collection of Melville scholarly material. Because I was serious, I was treated with great respect both by the children’s library assistant who told me where to find...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The Melville Room has books, artifacts, furniture, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Melville and his family. Well worth a visit, especially if you've been to Arrowhead (or are planning a visit there).

Thank 31mbel
Reviewed 21 November 2015

If you are a fan of Herman Melville, you may be in the area to visit his home, Arrowhead, where he wrote Moby Dick. This room in the back of a modern library contains many of his personal belongings. The most interesting item is a...More

Thank madmadeleine
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Who would have guessed that in the back room of an architecturally undistinguished modern public library (called the Atheneum for some reason) you would find a treasure trove of Melville memorabilia: old photos, scrimshaw, tools one would have found on a whaling boat. And my...More

Thank Ken K
Reviewed 25 August 2013

The Melville Home was so interesting that we decided to follow up with a visit to the Melville Room in the local public library or Atheneum as it is sometimes called. The librarian had been in charge of the room since the 1970s and took...More

1  Thank havaneseangel
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Melville's writing evolved from intriguing travel adventures to deeply symbolic and thought-provoking literature. A tour of his home is deeply touching as it reveals his family history and development as a writer. He is one of America's great authors and a genuine part of our...More

2  Thank DrAndy1
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Melville's large but dark home. Learn about the very sad story of the author's life. The surrounding mountains look like the hump of a whale -- thus, "Moby Dick." Worth going for the education. However, call before going. Hours change daily, and sometimes hourly with...More

1  Thank SLCohen
Reviewed 15 August 2012

They have everything and after a visit to Arrowhead, Melville's home, and a visit to the Room you have a feeling you know the man. No longer is he "just" the guy who wrote Moby Dick. he becomes very real. You see personal items and...More

1  Thank IItravelers
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