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Address: 1 Wendell Ave, Berkshire Public Library, Pittsfield, MA
Phone Number: 413 499 9486
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Ken K
Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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 favorite, Melville's passport. A must-see for Melville aficionados, others might find it underwhelming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 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 at least 30 minutes to point out special artifacts in the room. This is an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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 history. Visit with the whole family to learn more about him!

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 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 no notice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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 family items. History buff won't want to leave and the kind of interested hooked. The... More 

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