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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201
413 442 1793
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Pittsfield
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It has been a while since we paid a visit to the Museum for Herman Melville at Arrowhead, but memories are over the top. We drive by this (nicely refurbished) building daily and love the 'straw workmen' busily making their way for another day of chores.

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Portland, IN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Our guide, Will, was well versed on Melville's history and thoroughly immersed us in his story. Certainly worth the time to visit.

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Newton, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have been to Arrowhead three times in three years, and it is wonderful to see the restorations and improvements that have been accomplished. The house tour brings Melville and his family to life, even with the changes done to the house structurally after his time there. It is wonderful to imagine him writing Moby Dick while gazing out toward... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Worth seeing, but house change constantly. We were 5 min. late and doors were locked. Had gone another time and learned a lot about Melville.

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Ossining, New York, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

In looking to visit the Herman Melville House, our biggest problem was finding it. Two of the better guides fail to have a "see" reference to the House. Only by scanning them we find it under 'Arrowhead'. The visit itself is good with knowledgeable guides taking us all over the House.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I arrived late in the day and had to wait 30 minutes for a tour (I was the only there). Bob, the tour guide was very informative, discussing Herman Melville's family and his personal misfortunes. The tour encompasses 5 rooms. Photography is not allowed There are some trails here but I did not take them so not sure how long... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Arrowhead was Melville's home when he wrote his masterpiece, MOBY-DICK. Looking out the window at Mt. Greylock, he thought it looked like a whale, and one of the greatest novels in American literature was born. Here you can tour the house and visit the gift shop, which often has displays and exhibitions sponsored by the Berkshire Historical Society. It's worth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm so glad we didn't miss Arrowhead. If you're like us - we have read some Melville but not made any sort of study of his works - you'll find many of your assumptions about Melville and where he wrote are altogether wrong, but that the man who emerges is ever so much more engaging than you had imagined. I... More

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You may even decide to (re)read Moby Dick after touring his home and gazing at the mountains that he thought looked like a whale. I had no idea Melville had such an interesting life until this tour - quite the world traveler.

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Princeton, NJ
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112 reviews 112 reviews
14 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wandering around an old house alone can be pretty boring but Barbara, our guide made it all come alive --- Melville, Arrowhead and the era in which he lived and worked here, including his large family and writing colleagues such Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne took a liking to Melville and his writing and hooked him up with a publisher. You can't... More

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