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“Enjoy a visit with Herman Melville”

Herman Melville's Arrowhead
Ranked #5 of 28 things to do in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.
Reviewed May 6, 2012

As you step into Arrowhead you are stepping into the past. You can see the chimney that Melville warmed himself by walk into the rooms that held he and his extended family. you walk upstairs and see the room that he penned one of America's premiere novels. In that room you can look out the window he diid and see the White Whale yourself. Harpoons and books and the spirit of Melville are in this room. You can only see the house with a tour guide. So with your imagination people this house with the Melville family and enjoy your own journey into the 1850's.

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Arrowhead is really a tiny museum that houses the Berkshire Historical Society. Kind of far out of the city and not to much signage from in town on route to get there. Traveler really needs to know how to get there on his own. Not to much there in the way of displays except for one room where Melville worked on his books.

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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Worth stopping to visit. Melville is special author.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

My family and I stopped here before heading to a concert at Tanglewood. It was my second visit, as I'd been over ten years before.

Arrowhead is not a large or a flashy home, but the Berkshire Historical Society has done an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable guides and gathering artifacts related to Melville, the home, and the Berkshires.

I have to commend my guide for his giving back-to-back tours in the heat. He never appeared tired of the subject or anxious to get it all over with. (The house, I should say, was relatively cool despite the extreme heat outside. If it's hot, don't stay away.) No questions stumped him either.

If you love Moby Dick or have only heard of it, I think you'll get a lot out of the house. At the very least, you'll have a greater understanding of Melville's life and, especially, his debts. If you like 18th- or 19th-century New England homes or architecture, you will adore the fireplace and dining room.

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Reviewed September 6, 2007

We visited Arrowhead over Memorial Day weekend in 2007. We really enjoyed the tour ($15/adults) although you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house. I never read Moby Dick but still found the tour to be very interesting. I would recommend it to anyone into literature or history. We would have loved to venture to the top of Mt. Greylock but the public road system is closed for construction and set to reopen in 2009. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Trails are open so you could always hike to the top.

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