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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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
Boston, Massachusetts
Excellent tour

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Deborah C
San Francisco, California
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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
780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
+1 413-442-1793
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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 2 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 5 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 11 October 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 3 October 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 19 September 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 15 September 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 14 September 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 30 August 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 9 August 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
11 August 2017|
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Response from Gonzology | Reviewed this property |
The view from Arrowhead in the winter is what inspired Moby Dick
23 April 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