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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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Address: 780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
Phone Number:
+1 413 442 1793
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.

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Where He Wrote Moby Dick

From his Pittsfield home, Arrowhead, in the distant, snow covered, undulating Berkshire hills Melville found the form of his iconic white whale, Moby Dick. It is fun to explore... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From his Pittsfield home, Arrowhead, in the distant, snow covered, undulating Berkshire hills Melville found the form of his iconic white whale, Moby Dick. It is fun to explore the home of the great American author.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Though they were closed for the season I called in advance and made a special booking for a private tour. One of the directors, I think, took us around and showed us the house filling us with information about Melville and how he and his family survived the ups and downs of their lives. A few old concepts got exploded... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We were on an author tour and stopped in here and were surprised by the tidbits we learned about Melville. Interesting dynamics of his relationships and how he lived his life. If you are an avid literature buff I recommend this stop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My husband and I visited Arrowhead on October 29. From then until the end of November, it is only open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We took the guided tour which was led by a very knowledgeable young man. The first part of the tour consisted of the guide telling us the story of Herman Melville and his family. Then... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Beautiful set in the Berkshires, Arrowhead was his home when he wrote Moby-Dick and others. According to the guide, Mount Greylock, seen from the house, reminded Melville of a whale & set him to writing his signature masterpiece. House tour will teach you a lot about Melville's life and family, including ties to a Revolutionary War hero. Wonderful tour, beautiful... More 

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Grafton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We visited Arrowhead yesterday with the fall colors in full bloom. Our tour guide was wonderful, really bringing out the man and connecting it to the place. The grounds are beautiful and the highlight of the tour was standing in Melville's study and looking out the same window he gazed out at Mount Greylock, while he penned his classic Moby... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for the positive review and the kind comments about one of our terrific tour guides. The Berkshire Historical Society is privileged to keep Arrowhead open for the public, and we are glad you could visit. Will Garrison, executive director More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I haven't visited Arrowhead since my younger days. I was pleasantly surprised by the upkeep of the house that I heard so much about. It was clean and inviting. Our tour guide, Allison, also surprised me of the knowledge she has learned having started working there this summer. She did a wonderful presentation!

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new jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Full disclosure: we didn't see the inside of the house. When we arrived at the visitor lobby, we learned that the adult fee was $15 each, and the senior rate was $13. Pretty damn steep for 1 house, and (as an example) a lot more than either the Met or the NY Museum of Natural History. We graciously declined the... More 

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Berkshires_Guy, Manager at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping at Arrowhead. I'm sure you discovered that even if you don't go inside the house, the free view of Mt. Greylock is terrific. I'm sorry the fee seemed high. Just as a comparison, the other great historic house museums in the area - Edith Wharton's The Mount; Chesterwood; and Ventfort Hall - all charge $18 ($17... More 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Amazing to stand in the room where Herman Melville wrote 'Moby Dick', and to look out the window and see Mount Greylock, which Melville felt looked like a whale emerging from the waves.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Herman Melville's Arrowhead is within 25 miles from Williamstown, Lenox, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington and other nearby towns so it’s conveniently located for most visitors to The Berkshires. This 1780’s five-over-four center-entrance colonial-style farmhouse was adjacent his uncle Thomas’s property which he visited. Melville was taken with the view of Mount Greylock from a side window in the room on... More 

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