Planning Your Visit

Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark imbued with the deep sense of history and artistic innovation. The wealth of free activities offered by the Pillow is unparalleled--whether you have only an hour or an entire weekend, Jacob's Pillow has something for you.

Discover the Berkshires

The Berkshires, located in Western Massachusetts, is a thriving cultural region filled with historic landmarks, museums, and performing arts venues. Extend your trip to the Pillow and experience these other great sites and attractions all located within one hour of Jacob’s Pillow.


Things to do at The Pillow

The Festival

Festival 2016 has come to a close! This year we hosted more than 50 dance companies including a quirky, charming company from Germany, South American gauchos, ballet companies from across the U.S., flex dancers from the streets of Brooklyn, high-flying men from Algeria, and more live music than ever before. Plus over 200 free performances, talks & tours, exhibits, community events, classes, special and members-only events, and more. Join us next year as we celebrate our 85th anniversary season!

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Visit the Jacob's Pillow Archives

The Pillow’s extensive Archives and Norton Owen Reading Room open a window to the past, present, and future, and exemplify founder Ted Shawn’s mission to broaden appreciation for and to document the art of dance. Watch videos from the 1930s through the most recent Festival, view photos and programs, or browse the extensive dance library. Recent donations from Ruth St. Denis’s family and more treasures from the Stephan Driscoll Collection are on permanent display.

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Take a self-guided tour

Home to America’s longest-running international dance festival, the Pillow will celebrate 85 years of presenting dance during Festival 2017. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for it's place in American culture and history, and a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley's African American Heritage Trail. Pick up a self-guided tour map and discover the history and legends of the Pillow's beautiful and historic grounds.