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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
+1 413-442-1793
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Uninformed Guided Tour

I was disappointed in our visit to Arrowhead. I'm from the Berkshires and have been meaning to... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
Cecily K
The Story Behind Moby Dick

First, Allyson was our guide and she did a wonderful job of taking us through Herman Melville's... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2016
Chuck R
Merrimack, NH
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Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.
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“moby dick” (49 reviews)
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“his life” (8 reviews)
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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 29 June 2016

I was disappointed in our visit to Arrowhead. I'm from the Berkshires and have been meaning to visit Herman Melville's house for years. I'm also passionate about historic homes and particularly, the authors or intellectuals who lived in them. I've visited the Emily Dickinson house...More

4  Thank Cecily K
Berkshires_Guy, General Manager at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2016

Dear Cecily K - Thank you for your comments. We are working with this tour guide to improve her interpretation. It is our privilege to preserve and interpret Herman Melville's Arrowhead, but sometimes the implementation is a work in progress. I do hope you return...More

Reviewed 25 June 2016

First, Allyson was our guide and she did a wonderful job of taking us through Herman Melville's home and telling us all about him and his family.

1  Thank Chuck R
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Well sign posted on surrounding roads but easily missed on Holmes Road itself, this house has a large parking area at the rear. Very friendly staff, we had a guided tour from 2 members which lasted about 1 hour, v informative about Melville, his family...More

1  Thank j w
Reviewed 11 April 2016

This house run by the local historical society, was where Melville lived with his family for a few years starting about 1850. Here he wrote Moby Dick and in this modest house one can picture him shooing the kids away. "Daddy has to work."

1  Thank Fotodaze
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Arrowhead is now a non-profit historic house museum operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society, which uses a portion of the house as office space. The remainder is open to the public for guided tours during the warmer months of the year. It is located...More

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 4 November 2015

My party had some time to kill, so we swung by Melville's Arrowhead. If you like history or literature, it's a great visit. Melville's life story is incredible. Awesome and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Pellinore9
Reviewed 3 November 2015

The facility wasn't opened to tourist, but wandering around the property was allowed. It's a beautiful, expansive place with large acreage and "straw people and animals" placed here and there, to simulate the lives of people at that time. Easy to find; nice drive.

Thank NateaBar
Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

My husband and I loved Herman Melville's house. We went after the tourist season had finished so the house itself was closed, but the signs were still informative and the grounds were lovely. I'd recommend a trip over to Arrowhead even in the off-season.

Thank Katie F
Reviewed 27 October 2015

If visiting Pittsfield, MA, Herman Melville's home is a must for any student of literature and/or history. This home is where numerous stories were written, including his famous "Moby Dick". The home is in excellent condition. On the guided tour you get to see all...More

1  Thank Frank E
Reviewed 21 October 2015

The Berkshire County Historical Society has the honor of having it's headquarters in a great old house on Holmes Road with great views of the Berkshire hills. It also happens to be the former home of Herman Meliville! Walk the same boards Melville did look...More

Thank IItravelers
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Maria P
11 August 2017|
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Response from Gonzology | Reviewed this property |
The view from Arrowhead in the winter is what inspired Moby Dick
23 April 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