♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

20180517_110548Less than two weeks until the Bidwell House Museum opens for the 2018 season!  On Sunday May 27 join us for a concert with beloved local musician Diane Taraz as she performs “A Silver Dagger: Exploring Woman’s History Through Folk Songs.”  You can see all of the details about the opening concert and reception HERE.

On June 2, join us for the first History Talk of the season with John Demos as he discusses his latest project, the fascinating history of the Potosi silver mine in what is now Bolivia.

Then on June 3, meet at the Museum at 9am for a fun birding walk with local bird and forest experts Doug Bruce and Tom Ryan.

There is still time to purchase your membership for 2018!  Whether you are renewing or purchasing a membership for the first time, your support is crucial to the museum.  We could not do all of the fun and interesting programs without your generosity.  Each membership includes season tour pass, discounted admission to program, invitation to special events and a twice yearly newsletter.  You can purchase a membership via Paypal or print the renewal form and send it back with your payment in the mail.  For all of the details about membership levels and payment options, please go HERE. 

This May, ten Berkshire County cultural attractions are collaborating to offer Berkshire County hospitality and tourism industry employees free admission to their properties. This initiative, named Be Our Guest!, will offer many local residents an opportunity to experience the region’s main attractions ahead of the busy summer season. The Bidwell House Museum is excited to be participating, with free admission for one employee and a guest on May 28 and 31.  If you are in the hospitality industry and have never been to the Bidwell House Museum, please come for a tour!  For a full list of participants, please see the full press release here: Be Our Guest Final

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.

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 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.