Events

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers a variety of events and public programs throughout the year. Some programs celebrate poetry—the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk in May and the Poetry Marathon in September. Others, like the Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus in July, bring the past into sharper focus.

Upcoming Events in 2016

 

April 7
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night

Join us for our free monthly  art exhibit, open mic, and poetry reading in the Homestead parlor from 5 to 8 pm, held in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month. DETAILS>>

April 19
Teacher Tuesday

The Emily Dickinson Museum's final Teacher Tuesday of the school year takes place on April 19, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. All educators are invited to this free program where you'll experience the birthplace of the poet at your leisure. DETAILS>>

 Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 21
Poem In Your Pocket Day

Join us at the Museum as we celebrate the annual Poem In Your Pocket Day. On this special day during National Poetry Month people throughout the United States celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day as schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, and workplaces. The Emily Dickinson Museum will ring loudly with open readings of poems from pockets. Your tour ticket is free when you deliver a Dickinson poem completely from memory! Also on site that day are family friendly activities in the tour center and exhibit room.

 Emily Dickinson fascicle

April 22
Poetry Discussion Group

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry.  A different facilitator each month helps to navigate the deeper waters of Dickinson's poetry. Learn about this month's session. DETAILS>>

April 24
"From off my Father's tree!" Apples of New England and the Dickinson Orchard

Join author and pomologist Russell Powell for a lecture on the rich tradition of apple growing and a tour of the newly restored Dickinson family orchard. DETAILS>>

May 8
The Poet and the Bard

Join us for a new tour exploring Dickinson's love of Shakespeare. Sundays in May starting May 8. DETAILS>>

 Art Walk Poetry Night

May 5
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night

Join us for our free monthly art exhibit, open mic, and poetry reading in the Homestead parlor from 5 to 8 pm, held in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month. DETAILS>>

 Poetry Walk

May 14
Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and Friends Day

The annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the May 15, 1886 death of Emily Dickinson with a walking tour that includes readings from her poetry at locations important to the poet on the Museum grounds and throughout downtown Amherst. DETAILS >> 

May 15
The Poet and the Bard

Join us for a new tour exploring Dickinson's love of Shakespeare. Sundays in May starting May 8. DETAILS>>

 Books in the Homestead

May 20
Poetry Discussion Group

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry.  A different facilitator each month helps to navigate the deeper waters of Dickinson's poetry. Learn about this month's session. DETAILS>>

May 22
The Poet and the Bard

Join us for a new tour exploring Dickinson's love of Shakespeare. Sundays in May starting May 8. DETAILS>>

May 26
Emily Dickinson's Shakespeare with Dr. Páraic Finnerty

A lecture by Dr. Páraic Finnerty clarifies the essential role that Shakespeare had in Emily Dickinson’s life. DETAILS>>

 

Saturday, May 28

Dickinson Meets Shakespeare in the Garden

In this outdoor performance at the Museum, enjoy scenes from Dickinson's favorite Shakespeare plays performed in her garden. DETAILS>>

Saturday, May 28 - Wednesday, June 1
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Session I

Members of the Museum are invited to participate in the ongoing archeaological field school on the Museum grounds. DETAILS>>

 

May 29
The Poet and the Bard

Join us for a new tour exploring Dickinson's love of Shakespeare. Sundays in May starting May 8. DETAILS>>

 

June 2
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night

Join us for our free monthly art exhibit, open mic, and poetry reading in the Homestead parlor from 5 to 8 pm, held in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month.

 Garden Days wheelbarrow

June 3-5
Garden Days

Volunteers are asked to bring their energy, enthusiasm, and garden know-how to our annual Garden Days cleanup and preparation of the Museum gardens and grounds for summer. Details >>

June 9 - June 11
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Session II

Members of the Museum are invited to participate in the ongoing archeaological field school on the Museum grounds. DETAILS>>

 

June 14 - June 16
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Session III

Members of the Museum are invited to participate in the ongoing archeaological field school on the Museum grounds. DETAILS>>

July 7
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night

Join us for our free monthly  art exhibit, open mic, and poetry reading in the Homestead parlor from 5 to 8 pm, held in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month.

 Circus crowd

July 16
Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A 19th Century Children's Circus

Come celebrate the summer in a tradition the Dickinson children first established in the 1800s. Games, crafts, music, a parade around the Homestead garden and much more will take place on this fun, family-friendly afternoon.

Past Events