♦Welcome to the Bidwell House Museum♦

20181003_090208_resizedTHANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS FOR A GREAT 2018 SEASON! We had a great attendance, enthusiastic online reviews and many happy people visiting the grounds and gardens.  Our house tours may be over until May, but there are still things to do at the Bidwell House Museum.  Don’t forget that we have 192 acres of gardens and forests to explore.  Stroll 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 hike through the beautiful Berkshire forest.

LATER THIS MONTH we have our annual Fall Fundraiser celebrating our early Berkshire history.  Invitations have been mailed but you can also buy tickets online HEREWe are planning a wreath with door openwonderful event with good cheer, seasonal delicacies by Kate Baldwin, a fall-inspired signature drink, music by Mike Mosca and a silent auction of gifts and treasures.  We have some wonderful experience to bid on in our silent auction, you can find all of the details HERE along with information on how to pre-bid.  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.

The Museum’s summer garden party fund raiser in early August was a great event to celebrate the Museum and honor neighbors Jill Hornor and Yo-Yo Ma.  The party attendees enjoyed great food, beautiful weather and good company at the historic site of the Berkshire Summer School of Art.  The purpose of this fundraiser was to raise money for education and programming.  If you love the Bidwell House and are interested in helping the Museum, you can go to our FUNDRAISING WISH LIST PAGE

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.

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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.