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Bidwell House Museum

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Address: 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA 01245
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+1 413-528-6888
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11:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the...

An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 18th and 19th century furnishings, keeping room, parlors, bed chambers, 192 acres of fields and forest, heritage vegetable garden, flower gardens and stone walls, early farm and garden tools exhibit, hiking trails and picnic sites.Hours 11 am to 4 pm, with tours on the hour, Thursday through Monday. Open Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

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Excellent guide!!

Got there on October 1. Museum was closed (not correctly annotated on website of The Trustees). There was a private tour, and they graciously allowed us to join them. The guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Not sure if the hours are correct on the website or yelp, but tried to go on aSunday afternoon. Not open for tours, but we walked the grounds. Falls not the time to see the garden so we tried the trails around the grounds. I didn't find them well marked, so we cut it short, but it is a beautiful... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Got there on October 1. Museum was closed (not correctly annotated on website of The Trustees). There was a private tour, and they graciously allowed us to join them. The guide (who has been giving tours for several years) was OUTSTANDING. She was not only knowledgeable, but handled many questions and seemed to encourage them. More than worth the $10... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you are interested in early American homes and history this is worth the trip. The guided tour is excellent. Full of facts about the house and the Bidwell family that brings the house to life. You can walk the grounds and look at some of the old barns and sheds.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This house and the entire property is well worth the time for a visit while in the Berkshires! "Ella," our hostess, was very professional while courteous and very knowledgeable of her task. Ella should be rewarded by her employers as an outstanding young lady.

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Thank chixpox
New York City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

The house and grounds are a delightful and immersive experience about life in 18th century Massachusetts. The tour is $10 each and takes you through the house and a bit around the house. We had a knowledgeable, teen aged guide, Jacob, who carefully explained the history, furnishings and lifestyle. There's a nice garden out back and some well marked walking... More 

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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

House was very interesting tour of mid-1700's life in rural western Massachusetts. Barn was fascinating. Gardens were lovely, especially the herb garden, even on a dreary rainy day. The young guide is an intern coming from the local high school. She obviously had done some reading on her own as she was extremely knowledgeable not only on the era of... More 

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Thank Ethel K
Sheffield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very interesting and educational. The interior detailing and finishing is an excellent example of period colonial woodworking.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

The museum consists of the house of the Bidwell family. The grounds are beautiful, complete with a kitchen garden. Interesting story of the family and their history at the house, and the history of the area as it first developed after settlement. Tour included gardens and inside of the house. One tour guide was still learning how to give the... More 

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Thank DSOHanley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We were driving around the countryside, just enjoying the sights when we stumbled on a sign for Bidwell House. This piqued our curiosity, so we followed the arrows and discovered a house with gardens and nature trails to explore. Sadly, the house was closed that day so we were unable to tour it. My teenage son was determined though, so... More 

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Thank Dawnn W
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

18th century historic house and gardens. We received an informative tour from an enthusiastic intern guide. It's at the end of a road in a rural area but worth the effort to find. Lots of authentic and in some cases original objects and furnishings inside. If you like antiques, historic houses, or colonial US history this is a very rewarding... More 

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