A wonderful video filmed in the summer of 2019, in which Board Member and Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University John Demos talks about why we should care about history.  Professor Demos wrote this speech when he was the honoree at our summer 2019 fundraiser.

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About The Museum

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. Guided tours are available by appointment.  The grounds and gardens are open every day, year-round, free of charge.

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Don’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.

Heather Kowalski

Heather Kowalski

Executive Director

Heather Kowalski joined the Bidwell House Museum staff in the fall of 2015 after moving to the Berkshires with her husband and two children. She became Executive Director in 2017. Prior to working at the Bidwell House Museum, Heather served as Registrar for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for 11 years and before that she spent six year as Assistant Registrar at the Carnegie Museum of Art, also in Pittsburgh. Heather grew up in nearby Niskayuna, NY and holds a BA in Art History from Penn State University.

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