Berkshires Museums and Historical Sites


Arrowhead – Home of Herman Melville – 18th century farmhouse where Melville wrote the famous Moby-Dick. National Historic Landmark offering guided tours and a museum shop. Pittsfield, MA.

Berkshire Botanical Garden – Display gardens, tropical greenhouse, woodland trails and gift shop open daily May-October. Classes and special events year round. Stockbridge, MA.

Berkshire Museum – Where art, history and science collide. Experience aquarium, dinosaur dig, ancient Egypt, 18th-21 century art and more. Open daily. Pittsfield, MA.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum – Ride along the river between Lenox and Stockbridge. A narrated diesel hauled 20 mile trip in vintage coaches. Weekends and holidays, June to October. Lenox, MA.

Naumkeag Museum and Gardens – House designed by McKim, Mead & White for the Choate family in 1885. Original art and furnishings as well as famous gardens by Fletcher Steele. Open daily. Stockbridge, MA.

Mission House Museum and Gardens – This National Historic Landmark, built in 1740 and restored in 1930, tells of Colonial era Stockbridge – both English and Mohican gardens. Stockbridge, MA.  

Norman Rockwell Museum – Experience Norman Rockwell’s original paintings and discover changing exhibitions of other masters of illustration. Open daily and kids are free. Stockbridge, MA.

Ventfort Hall, The Museum of the Gilded Age – Tours, exhibits, performances, lectures, Victorian Teas, kids programs, picnics on the porch, museum shop & more. Open daily year round. Lenox, MA.

Williams College Museum of Art – Collection/changing exhibitions emphasize American, modern, contemporary/art of world cultures. Open Tues-Sunday year round. Free admission. Williamstown, MA.

Hancock Shaker Village – Tours, demonstrations and family fun. Gardens and trails, gift shop and café.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – Open year round and housed in a restored 19th century factory. Largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts.

Clark Art Institute – Impressionist, American and Old Master paintings in galleries bordered by 140 acres of woodland trails Dynamic family events and exhibitions.

Historical Sites and Mansions

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Estate & Gardens – Elegant 1902 mansion and gardens designed by Edith Wharton. Guided tours, gift shop and café. Lenox, MA.

National Shrine of the Devine Mercy – Daily Mass, Confession, Rosary, Adoration & Chaplet of Devine Mercy, gift shop, Marian Helpers Center, Candle Shrines, Grotto and scenic vistas. Stockbridge, MA.

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

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio – Enjoy Art Deco home of American Abstract Artists. Guided tours of exquisite Cubist masterpieces. 46 acre estate. Open Thursday – Sunday from June – Labor Day and Thursday – Saturday in the Fall.  Lenox, MA.