♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Coming up in February is the last date for the Museum’s new off-season program, created in collaboration with the Monterey Community Center, titled History Talk Replay.  On one Sunday afternoon each month the Museum will show a lecture from the popular summer History Talk series.  The last History Talk Replay will happen Sunday February 10 at 1 pm at the Monterey Community Center and will feature a 2013 lecture from UMass Anthropology Professor Eric Johnson  titled “The Garden in the Woods: Archaeology at Kampoosa Bog in Stockbridge”.  Cookies and coffee will be served.  This event is free but donations are always welcome.

THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE BIDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM ANNUAL APPEAL.  Each year nearly 2,000 people visit this 18th century homestead for guided tours of the 1760’s manse, educational programs about life in the early Berkshires and joyful outdoor events on the Museum’s 192 acres.   In 2018 the support of our devoted friends helped to:

expand our Bidwell Country Fair which almost doubled the attendance over 2017 and was enjoyed by many local families with children.

create a new self-guided trail on the grounds dedicated to telling the story of the Native Americans who lived in this area long before the arrival of the Bidwell family.

support seven high school and college interns along with a resident summer docent who learned about local history and museum management as they guided eager visitors through the house.

The Bidwell House Museum is a special place where history, nature and storytelling come together to transport visitors to a different time.  But we cannot do any of it with the generous support of our friends and neighbors.  Your contribution to our Annual Appeal helps us continue to tell our story and make a difference in the lives of visitors from near and far.

Please click on the yellow Donate button to the right to make your donation via Paypal.  


THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS FOR A GREAT 2018 SEASON!  Don’t forget, the house may be closed, but we have 192 acres of gardens and forests to explore.  Snowshoe through the magnificent perennial and heritage gardens, learn about the history of the land on the new self-guided Native American Interpretive Trail or grab a TRAIL MAP on the front porch of the Museum and cross-country ski through the beautiful Berkshire forest.

THANK YOU to all who attended our annual Fall Fundraiser on November 17.  We had a wreath with door openwonderful event with good cheer, seasonal delicacies by Kate Baldwin, music by Mike Mosca and special guest Bonney Hartley, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee community.    All proceeds from this party go to support the preservation of the house and collection, educational programs for the community and the maintenance of 192 acres of forests and gardens.  If you would like to donate to one of our educational programs, please click the yellow donate button on the right.


In May, the Bidwell House Museum was thrilled to learn that they were the recipient of a very generous $12,000 grant from the Lenox Garden Club.  The Museum is using the funds to create a series of educational garden beds around the new accessible entrance to the Museum.  Shrubs and flowers have been planted and Museum staff is working on the signage!  You can find the press release here – LGC Grant Announcement.

Thank you for your support!!


The Museum is very excited to announce our 2018 season program.  We have so many fun activities planned and  we cannot wait to share them with you.

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-Opening concert and celebration with Diane Taraz on May 27

-Our History Talk series, this year with Professor John Demos, Professor Kevin Sweeney, Bidwell descendant Russell Taylor and Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Elder Judy Putnam Hartley

-The Bidwell Country Fair on July 7 with music, re-enactors, food, crafts, local artisans and a pie-baking contest!

-The first annual Open-Mic Music Festival on July 8 with two hours of local acts and then two hours of music by the BTU’s.

-The one-woman play “A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah Sampson” on July 14, the first time this play has been performed locally

-Walks and talks on the Bidwell grounds about subjects as varied as the history of Native American settlement on the land, bird-watching, archaeology, and forestry

….and so much more.  Check out the full schedule of events HERE


IMG_5543Don’t forget, the grounds and gardens are open all year!  You can take a hike on the trails or wander through the lovely heritage garden. We have a detailed trail map to help you find your way.  You can always find copies of the map on our porch or download a copy HERE .

Our Summer Gala was a night to remember!

On August 5th, after a grey and stormy start to the day, the skies cleared just in time for our fundraising Gala at the Fiddletop estate in Monterey.  Supporters 2017 galafrom near and far enjoyed a beautiful late-afternoon poolside soiree with delicious bites by Marketplace and fun music by the O-Tones.   The view across the Monterey hills was divine!  The Museum is lucky to have such a dedicated group of friends who cheerfully donated to our education fund.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Brockman Real Estate, Foresight Land Services, Tryon Construction and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.


Painting by Ron Goldfinger

The museum grounds with perennial and vegetable gardens, miles of stone walls and forested trails on 192 acres are open daily from dawn until dusk for hiking and nature watching. Parking, trail maps and picnic tables are available.   (Directions)


Spring has arrived at the Bidwell House

Thank you for supporting the Bidwell House Museum on Giving Tuesday and always! You can make a gift via Paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button at right.

Support the Museum while doing your shopping on Amazon by going through Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to the Museum. It’s easy: Click on the link above and begin shopping. You can bookmark the link to use it each time you shop. Thank you for helping the Bidwell House!


 Enjoy the interpretive trail:

The Historic Berkshires: An 18th Century Trail


To learn more about the forest management initiative
at the museum, please click here.