Arrowhead is Open for Tours!
The following measures are in place to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Please acquaint yourself with these protocols before visiting the Museum.
– Masks are required when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Complimentary masks are available at the shop.
– Hand sanitizer is available at the shop and in the orientation room of the house.
2021 Fall Season:
November 6 – December 18.
Tours held on Saturdays only, at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Each tour is limited to TEN (10) visitors. Tours available on a first come, first serve basis; reservations are not accepted.
Parking and admission to the property are free. Please park in the main lot behind the barn, and not along the road or driveways.
Rates for guided tours of Melville’s house during the main season are as follows. Self-guided tours are no longer permitted.
Children 12 and under: Free
Members of the Berkshire County Historical Society: Free
For more information about membership, see our membership page.
2021-2022 Winter Season: December 19, 2021 – April 1, 2022.
Private Tours available, with reservations required at least one week in advance.
Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead is pleased to be participating in the Card to Culture program by extending free admission to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare health plan insurance cardholders. This provides free admission to the cardholder plus three others in the household. To participate, please present your card at time of admission. This is made possible by the Mass Cultural Council, through collaboration with Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance, the Department of Public Health’s MassWIC, and the Massachusetts Health Connector.
We offer group tours by appointment, year-round. However, our group tours are suspended until further notice due to the pandemic. For twelve or more people, pay only $12 per person for a guided tour of Arrowhead: house, barn, and immediate grounds. Tours last one hour, beginning in the historic barn and finishing within the house. In addition watch Moby-Dick or another film, visit exhibits in the Historic Barn, the goat-shed, or on the grounds. (Some elements of tour depend on the season: in the winter, the barn is very cold!). For more information, call 413.442.1793.
The grounds and nature trail are open year round during daylight hours for walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Trails are open at your own risk. If you bring your dog, please clean up after them. Please be aware that this is both an historic site and a natural habit, and do your absolute best not to disturb anything. No motorized vehicles allowed off the driveway or parking lot. No metal detectors.
The offices of the Berkshire County Historical Society are usually open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, though we encourage you to call ahead. Offices are closed state and federal holidays. The Margaret H. Hall Library and Archives are are generally open year-round by appointment with the curator. For more information, contact the curator here.
The Berkshire County Historical Society strives to make Arrowhead as accessible as possible. In 2015, new pathways were installed. There now is level access from the parking area to the visitors center in the big red barn, and to the main house. The first floor of the house is accessible to wheelchairs, and photos of the second floor are available.