Historic Sites and Museums in the Berkshires

Historic Sites

Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville

18th century farmhouse where Melville wrote Moby-Dick. National Historic Landmark. Guided tours; museum shop. Call for hours.

780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-1793

Bryant Homestead

National Historic Landmark home and farm of America's famed 19th century poet. House tours, exhibit, museum shop, nature trails, picnicking.

207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA 01026
(413) 634-2244


Country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

4 Williamsville Road, PO Box 827, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3579

Folly@Field Farm

Designed in 1964 by Ulrich Franzen, this intact cottage is the height of modern design. Sited by a pond, surrounded by gardens and woods.

554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, MA 01267; Mail: PO Box 792, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-8123

Hancock Shaker Village

Enjoy a day at the historic Shaker Village. Tours, demonstrations & family fun! Gardens & trails, gift shop & café. Kids 12 & under are free.

Route 20 & 41, PO Box 927, Pittsfield, MA 01202
(413) 443-0188/(800) 817-1137

Historic Deerfield

Experience early New England life! Enjoy tours of 11 house museums, Paul Revere silver, special exhibitions, nature walk, shop and cafe.

80 Old Main Street, PO Box 321, Deerfield, MA 01342
(413) 775-7214

Mission House Museum and Gardens

This National Historic Landmark, built c. 1740 and restored in 1930, tells of Colonial era Stockbridge - both English and Mohican. Gardens.

19 Main Street, PO Box 792, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239, Ext. 3000

National Shrine of The Divine Mercy

Daily Mass, Confession, Rosary, Adoration & Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Gift Shop, Marian Helpers Center, Candle Shrines, Grotto, scenic vistas.

2 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3931/(800) 462-7426

Naumkeag Museum and Gardens

House designed by McKim, Mead & White for Choate family in 1885. Original art & furnishings. Famous gardens by Fletcher Steele. Open daily.

Prospect Hill Road, PO Box 792, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239 Ext. 3000

Shaker Museum & Library

Learn about Shaker history where it all started, here on the NY/MA border. Comprehensive collection tells one of our country's greatest stories.

88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, NY, 12136
(518) 794-9100

Sheffield Historical Society

Historic seven-building complex with 18th century house museum & research center. Tours given May - Oct. School programs & monthly meetings.

159 Main Street, PO Box 747, Sheffield, MA 01257
(413) 229-2694

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum

1820 Quaker homestead of social reformer and women's rights advocate. Historic museum scheduled to open Fall 2009.

67 East Road, PO Box 244, Adams, MA 01220
(585) 442-8497

The Colonel John Ashley House

The center of an 18th c. empire. Col. Ashley owned 2000 acres, mills and slaves. Learn about Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom.

117 Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls, MA 01222; Mail: PO Box 792, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-3239 Ext. 3000

The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society

The Berkshire Author's Historic House and Gardens, a Museum in the works. The Millay Poetry Trail is open daily. Some special events this season. Call for information.

Steepletop, 436 East Hill Road, PO Box 2, Austerlitz, NY 12017
(518) 392-EDNA (3362)

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens

Elegant 1902 mansion & gardens designed by Edith Wharton. "Magnificent" - New York Times. Main rooms decorated by leading designers. Tours/café/shop.

2 Plunkett Street, at the southern junction of Route 7 & 7A, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 551-5104

The Quaker Meeting House

Family of Susan B. Anthony built this house & worshipped here. Open 1 - 4pm, every Sunday, July 6 - Columbus Day. Free Admission.

Corner of Friend & Maple Street, off Route 8, Adams, MA 01220
(413) 743-1799

Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage

48 sites celebrate black luminaries - W.E.B. Du Bois, Rev. Harrison, Mum Bett, others - and ordinary African Americans here. Tours. Education.

Berkshire County/NW Connecticut, PO Box 472, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-3391

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Tours, exhibits, performances, lectures, Victorian teas, kid's programs, picnics on the porch, museum shop & more! Open daily, year-round. BerkShares.

104 Walker Street, PO Box 2424, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-3206

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

This former railroad yard offers exhibits and programs explaining the building of 19th c. marvel the Hoosac Railroad Tunnel. Travel Information Center.

115 State Street, Building 4, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-6312


Animagic – Museum of Animation Special Effects/Art

Special Effects and Art. View technologies from the movies like The Matrix, X-Men, Predator & Chicken Run. See a real Academy Award. Make your animation movie. By appt.

77 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-2051/(413) 841-6679

Berkshire Museum

Where art, history & science collide. Experience aquarium, dinosaur dig, ancient Egypt, 18th - 21st c. art & more. Mon. - Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5.

39 South Street, Route 7, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-7171

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

Ride along the River between Lenox & Stockbridge. A narrated diesel hauled 20 mile trip in vintage coaches. Weekends & holidays, June to Oct.

Willow Creek Road at Housatonic Street, PO Box 2195, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-2210

Clark, The

Impressionist, American & Old Master paintings in galleries bordered by 140 acres of woodland trails. Dynamic family events & exhibitions.

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-2303

Crane Museum of Papermaking

Located in a portion of Crane's Old Stone Mill, the museum traces Crane's history from its colonial roots. June - mid-Oct, 1-5 pm, Monday-Friday.

Off Housatonic Street, 30 South Street, Dalton, MA 01226
(413) 684-6481

Dark Ride Project

Center for Robotic-Arts & Eric Rudd Studio. Robotic-art creatures, interactive sculpture environments; new tech art, tours and more. Next to Natural Bridge State Park. Summer: Wed - Sat 12-5. Or by Appt.

Historic Beaver Mill, Route 8, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-9550

Emily Dickinson Museum

The birthplace & home of America's best-loved poet, dedicated to celebrating her life and work. Open March - December. Guided tours available.

280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 542-8161

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Enjoy Art Deco home of American Abstract Artists. Guided tours of exquisite Cubist masterpieces. 46 acre estate. June - Labor Day, Th - Sun. Fall Th - Sat.

92 Hawthorne Street, PO Box 2256, Lenox, MA 01240
(413) 637-0166

Housatonic River Museum

Celebrate the role of rivers in our landscape! Discover the Housatonic River Watershed - source to sound. Pre-opening programs & events - see website.

PO Box 574, Pittsfield, MA 01202
(413) 717-2166


Open year round and housed in a restored 19th century factory, we are the country's largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts. WiFi.

87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247; Mail: 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-4481

Norman Rockwell Museum

Experience Norman Rockwell's original paintings and discover changing exhibitions of other masters of illustration. Open daily. Kids free. BerkShares.

9 Glendale Road, PO Box 308, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-4100

North Adams Museum of History and Science

The North Adams Historical Society, Inc. Over 25 exhibits on 3 floors portray a microcosm of America as told through the history of North Adams and the environment of the Berkshires.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Building 5A, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-4700

Williams College Museum Of Art

Collection/changing exhibitions emphasize American, modern, contemporary/art of world cultures. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Open year-round. Free.

Route 2, Williamstown, MA 01267, Mail: 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 597-2429

The Theater Barn

Professional theater in the country. A/C. Broadway musicals & plays. Thurs. & Fri. 8pm, Sat. 5 & 8:30pm, Sun. 2pm, mid-June to mid-October.

654 Route 20, Box 390, New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-8989

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Tony Award-winning theatre offers performances each summer featuring the finest American actors.

1000 Main Street, Route 2 East, PO Box 517, Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 597-3400

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