Pittsfield is proud of its history and our museums highlight the contributions of our renowned residents over the years. From a civil rights advocate to a literary genius, Shakers, innovators, and more, our museums are educational and fun stops for the entire family. Photo credit Ogden Gigli.
Berkshire Athenaeum/Public Library
Explore your interests, broaden your mind, and expand your skills at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library. With free access to books, 3D printers, genealogy research, and programs for all ages, the Library is here for the community to learn, create, and collaborate. Wonder what else is inside? Stop by!
1 Wendell Ave. | 413-499-9480 | pittsfieldlibrary.org
Get curious! The Berkshire Museum combines art, science, and history to create thought-provoking experiences for the whole family. Meet wildlife in the Aquarium, discover local artists and innovators, and more! Newly renovated spaces and exhibits now open.
39 South St. | 413-443-7171 | berkshiremuseum.org
Berkshire Music School
The premier music school in the Berkshires, dedicated to fostering the love and pursuit of music for all ages through quality music education activities, community collaborations, and performance opportunities.
39 Wendell Ave. | 413-442-1411 | berkshiremusicschool.org
Hancock Shaker Village
A living history museum with so much to see and do! Explore the Round Stone Barn and the oldest working farm in the Berkshires. Discover thousands of Shaker artifacts and furniture throughout 20 historic buildings. Cafe open daily for lunch and some dinners. Beautiful location for a wedding or special event. Come be inspired by Shaker legacy.
1843 West Housatonic St. (Route 20) | 413-443-0188 | hancockshakervillage.org
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
Arrowhead was author Herman Melville’s home from 1850 to 1862, where he wrote the great American novel Moby-Dick and other works. It is now home to the Berkshire County Historical Society, which offers tours, nature trails, exhibits, a museum shop, and special events and programs.
780 Holmes Rd. | 413-442-1793 | mobydick.org
OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
A vibrant member-led organization that provides exciting educational, social and volunteer opportunities designed especially by and for people over fifty years old. OLLI members enjoy over 80 classes and programs a year in history, literature, the arts, politics, sciences and more, including four semesters of courses throughout the Berkshires, a Distinguished Speakers Series from May through October, and special events, trips, and programs throughout the year.
1350 West Street (at BCC) | 413-236-2190 | berkshireolli.org
Samuel Harrison House
Reverend Samuel Harrison was a renowned 19th-century civil rights advocate, writer, and preacher in Pittsfield who served as chaplain to the legendary 54th Regiment in the Civil War, and successfully fought for equal pay for Union soldiers of color. His home is now a National Historic Landmark and place to teach the values embodied in Harrison’s life.
82 Third St. | samuelharrison.org