Herman Melville's Arrowhead Museum

#9 in Best Things To Do in The Berkshires
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Key Info

780 Holmes Rd

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Restored by the Berkshire County Historical Society, the home of "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale" author Herman Melville is open to visitors interested in learning more about the literary legend. Located in the historic town of Pittsfield, the house was inhabited by Melville from 1850 to 1863. Along with the home, visitors can tour the barn and surrounding grounds, which feature a farm and nature trail.

Even some of Melville's biggest fans said they were surprised at the amount of new information they learned during their tours. Recent visitors appreciated the interesting stories shared by the site's knowledgeable tour guides, as well as the gift shop, which sells a variety of books about and written by Melville.

Admission and parking at the museum are free, but there is a fee for the guided house tour, which past visitors strongly recommend. House tours are led by a trained guide who will take you through the historic barn, house and Melville's study. Seven tours are offered daily, and the museum is open seven days a week. The first tour is at 10 a.m., and the last is at 4 p.m. Guided tours cost $16 for adults and $8 for children. Tours last about 45 minutes and visitors are welcome to walk the museum's surrounding grounds and nature trail, which is open year-round in daylight hours, on their own. The museum is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information on the museum and upcoming movie screenings on the property, check out the Berkshire Historical Society website.

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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.

Reviewers call Tanglewood a "music lover's paradise," with charming scenery that keeps travelers returning year after year. Visitors appreciated the well-manicured grounds and world-class concerts, but recommend bringing your own lawn chairs, food and drinks to avoid the hefty prices of concession trucks, restaurants and stores on the property. Whether you bring your seating or rent from the facility, friendly staff can help you get situated, according to reviewers.

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