Be Our Guest!
May 12 to May 31, 2018
Free admission for employees of the hospitality & tourism sector plus one guest. Please mention this program to the admission staff upon arrival. To encourage future communication, participants will be asked for their email address and place of work. See the full list of participating locations below. Specific hours of operation vary from location to location, as noted. Visit websites or call the individual attractions for additional details.
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Encompassing 15 acres in the heart of Stockbridge, Berkshire Botanical Garden has inspired locals and visitors to the region since its founding in 1934. Filled with colorful borders, seasonal plantings, and hundreds of flowering trees and shrubs, the Garden is awash in color all season long and is renowned for events including the annual Harvest Festival and Grow Show, as well as annual exhibitions such as this season’s ART/GARDEN, featuring a collection of contemporary sculpture throughout the Garden’s beautiful grounds, and Ellsworth Kelly’s iconic plant lithographs inside the Garden’s new Center House Leonhardt Galleries.
Gardens & Visitor Center are open May 1 through Columbus Day, 9 am to 5 pm.
39 South Street
The Berkshire Museum integrates science, history, and the arts in dynamic, educational and engaging programs and exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Explore the Curiosity Incubator, discover the Aquarium, be inspired by fine art and ancient objects, learn in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, invent and create in Lab 102, and enjoy the Little Cinema. Established in 1903, the Museum has been providing inspiring and exciting experiences for more than 115 years.
Open daily year round, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.
Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road
The Bidwell House Museum, set in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts, is an elegant Georgian saltbox originally built circa 1760 as a parsonage. Authentically restored, filled with antiques and surrounded by 192 acres of beautiful grounds and hiking trails, the museum tells the story of the early settlement of the Berkshires.
Be Our Guest free admission tours are available on May 28 and May 31 from 11 am to 4 pm with tours on the hour.
3 Williamsville Rd
Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French. French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Open the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend to the Monday of Columbus Day Weekend from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
The Clark is one of only a handful of institutions globally with a dual mission as an art museum and a distinguished center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.
Currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Open daily July through August, 10 am to 5 pm.
Hancock Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic St.
Home to the Shakers for more than 220 years, Hancock Shaker Village is now an outdoor history museum dedicated to preserving the Shaker legacy and making that story relevant and illuminating for today’s visitors. Situated on 750 acres of picturesque farm, field, and woodland in the bucolic Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Village consists of 20 historic buildings, a working farm and heirloom gardens, and a premier collection of 22,000 authentic Shaker artifacts.
Hours: April 14 through June 29 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
780 Holmes Rd
The home of Herman Melville from 1859-1863 and place where he wrote Moby-Dick, three more novels, seventeen short fiction works including Bartleby, The Scrivener, Benito Cereno, I and My Chimney, Piazza Tale and others as well as his early poetry.
May 12 to May 20: Open Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, or by appointment. Starting May 21, we are open daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
2 Plunkett Street
A day at The Mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of Edith Wharton’s beloved country estate. Visitors may take a tour of the house, explore the beautiful gardens, attend a play, hear live music, or just enjoy a glass of wine on the Terrace. The grounds and trails are perfect for leisurely strolls, birdwatching, and nature walks. Dogs are welcomed and children 18 and under are free every day!
Open daily May 12 through October 31.
5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “Cottage.” With its gracious house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. Bequeathed in its entirety in 1958 – from furniture to garden tools to its intact dairy barn – Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark, provides a special link to Berkshires history. More than that, it is a place where you, like the Choates, can find beauty and rejuvenation in a lovely place.
From April 15 to May 19: Open Saturday and Sunday only, 10 am to 5 pm.
May 20 to Columbus Day: Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm.
104 Walker St
Elegant, artisan crafted Jacobean-Revival mansion built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, JP Morgan’s sister. Features hand carved oak, beautiful plaster ceilings, expansive lawn and 90 foot grand veranda. Film set of the Academy Award winning film, “The Cider House Rules.”
Open year round. Daily guided tours on the hour. Visit our website for hours.