Open Daily: 9:30 - 5:00 pm
From Memorial Day Weekend to
Columbus Day

Hourly Tours: 10am to 4pm

780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield MA 01201

Telephone (413) 442-1793
Fax (413) 443-1449

About Us


Welcome to the home page of The Berkshire Historical Society, a non-profit corporation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County.


We have a wealth of resources and services to support your research efforts.
See our Library/Archives pages for information on our collections.
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Visiting Arrowhead

Winter hours are now in effect at Arrowhead. Tours of the house will be offered on weekends through November and December of 2014. Tours begin on the hour at 11, 12, 1 and 2 and last about 45 minutes. The cost is $13.00 for adults, $8.00 for students (ages 6 through 22), children under 6 are free.The gift shop will be open in the house as well. The museum will be closed in January to prepare for the winter exhibit, Closer to the Skin: A Revealing Look at Lingerie”.

The museum shop offers a wide variety of Melville and county history related books, cards and gifts at reasonable prices.*The offices of the Berkshire Historical Society are open Monday-Friday from 9 am. to 5 pm. during the season; from 10 pm. to 2 pm. in the off-season. Offices are closed state and federal holidays.

nd 2.p. The Margaret H. Hall Library and Archives are open year-round by appointment with the Curator of Collections.


The offices of the Berkshire Historical Society and the Margaret H. Hall Local History Library and Archives are located in a 20th-century addition to Herman Melville’s home, Arrowhead, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Arrowhead is located at 780 Holmes Road in Pittsfield. From the Massachusetts Turnpike(I-90), take Exit 2 (Lee). Follow Route 20 West for 8.5 miles; it will merge with Route 7 North. Turn right onto Holmes Road at the traffic light. Arrowhead is 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From points north: Route 20, Route 9, and Route 7 all lead to Pittsfield and intersect with major interstates. Consult your own maps for reaching Route 7 from where you are. Once you are on Route 7 South, follow Route 7 South until you cross the Pittsfield-Lenox town line. Turn left onto Holmes Road at the traffic light. Arrowhead is 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

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