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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Interesting historical tidbits

You get a good deal of info about Melville's life and how Moby Dick became a classic. We found it a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Destination for Melville Fans

This house is no different from many old New England homes, except that you can visit the room... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Open daily from May 20, 2019. 9:30 am - 5pm. Tours of the house require admission and begin at 10am, last tour at 4 pm. Grounds and museum shop are free.
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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

You get a good deal of info about Melville's life and how Moby Dick became a classic. We found it a very interesting little tour and enjoyed it very much. Our guide, Jana, was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is no different from many old New England homes, except that you can visit the room where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick. You can view the house only by guided tour, which leaves hourly. We enjoyed our tour guide, who was young but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Harold P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived between the regularly scheduled hour long tours, but the man who was the guide offered to give us a shorter version so we didn’t have to wait. He took us through the property and gave us the full talks, even though there were...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Linda W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are just a few miles from Stockbridge, Tanglewood and the beautiful summer sun. At Arrowhead you can nearly place yourself back in the 1840's and 50's with Herman having just stepped out of his writing on the second floor to greet his dear friend...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is nothing special as old houses go, but they stories about the occupants are very interesting. From the den where Herman Melville did much of his writing there is supposed to be a hill you can see through the window that remained him...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here because one of our group had a real interest, and the rest of us felt a sense of literary obligation. Our tour guide, Jana, really knew Melville's books and life story, and made it very lively to tour the home site. She...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville is an unremarkable structure. Yet it isn’t the house, but the occupant that gave and gives it meaning. Here one can try to relate to the man who served on merchant ships, whalers and in the US Navy and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John H
Reviewed August 10, 2019

We were there for the 200th birthday celebration of Herman Melville and participated in the four day reading of Moby Dick. What a fantastic experience. We toured the house again, taking in the sight of Mt.Greylock from Herman's study.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dennis K
Reviewed August 9, 2019

We expected the home of Herman Melville and the Berkshire Historical Society to have more information about the history of the region when Melville lived there and the tour guide to know something about MobyDick. But the earnest young tour guide admitted he had not...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Simondog12
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

Can’t say enough about this gem of a visit. John, our tour guide, was fabulous. I thought I knew allot about Melville but it was nothing compared to what I learned and saw. A must visit if you’re in the area

Date of experience: August 2019
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Maria P
August 11, 2017|
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Response from Gonzology | Reviewed this property |
The view from Arrowhead in the winter is what inspired Moby Dick
April 23, 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