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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
+1 413-442-1793
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Interesting to see where Melville lived

No insights to learn here, not very stimulating tour guide. But I enjoy seeing where and how people... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
lovesblue
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New York City, New York
Very knowledgeable tour guide

I'm not a big Melville fan, but this place is near where we were staying, so we checked it out... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
DocMc804
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New York City, New York
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Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good50%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
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+1 413-442-1793
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

No insights to learn here, not very stimulating tour guide. But I enjoy seeing where and how people lived.

Thank lovesblue
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

I'm not a big Melville fan, but this place is near where we were staying, so we checked it out. The property is the home to the local historical society, so there's a bit more to it than the Melville house. It was cool to...More

Thank DocMc804
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Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

You read in history about Melville and Moby Dick... well if you are a fan of the literary world and or want to learn some history this is the place to go... step backnin time and see what the way of life was for people...More

Thank katylovespopcorn
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

To be surrounded by the walls that contained the daily life of the greatest American author was riveting. To learn of his life, trials and tribulations in relation to his books made him seem more alive and real.

Thank CHEVAL80
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The house is well kept and the artifacts are nicely displayed. We had an enjoyable visit.

Thank Jack M
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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normor
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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
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