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Treasure in the Back of the Library

We were tipped off by the tour guide at Arrowhead that this existed. We are so glad we went - the... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
sslansky
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Boston, Massachusetts
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 September 14, 2018
cwilson284
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

We were tipped off by the tour guide at Arrowhead that this existed. We are so glad we went - the library volunteer was helpful in pointing out some of the treasures in the room. It was great to see Herman Melville's desk and breadbox...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sslansky
Reviewed September 14, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cwilson284
Reviewed July 3, 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).

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 31mbel
Reviewed November 20, 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

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank madmadeleine
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...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Ken K
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...More

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank havaneseangel
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...More

Date of experience: August 2013
2  Thank DrAndy1
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...More

Date of experience: July 2012
1  Thank SLCohen
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...More

Date of experience: December 2011
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