Tours, Rates, & Hours

2016 Hours

January and February
Closed. Open for public programs.

Wed. March 2  - Saturday, December 31
Wednesday, 11 am - 4 pm
Thursday, 11 am - 4 pm
Friday, 11 am - 4 pm
Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm

Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm

Last tour leaves at 3:30PM

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Extended Summer Hours
Wednesday June 1 - Wednesday, August 31
Open daily except Tuesday, 10 am - 5 pm

 Last tour leaves at 4:30PM

Closed the following days
in observance of holidays:

Monday, July 4, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
(day before Thanksgiving)
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016

To help visitors explore Emily Dickinson's life and legacy, the Museum offers guided tours of the Dickinson houses as well as an audio tour of the outdoor grounds.  Descriptions of each tour are below.  The grounds audio tour is complimentary with a house tour ticket or may be rented on its own.

Tour Tickets and Visitor Orientation

Visits to the Emily Dickinson Museum begin at the Tour Center.  Located in the Homestead, the Tour Center houses a ticket desk, the Museum shop, and a universally-accessible restroom. An exhibit about the publication of Emily Dickinson's poetry is also located in the Tour Center. The Tour Center is open free of charge.

Beyond the Tour Center, you must be part of a guided tour.  Tours, for which a fee is charged, are offered throughout the day (see schedule below; the schedule is subject to change due to special events or group tours.)  Tickets are sold in the Tour Center on a first-come, first-served basis; tour prices are listed in the chart below.  For the comfort of our visitors and the safety of our collections, tour size may be limited.  Both the Homestead and the Evergreens are air conditioned in the summer.

Individual visitors cannot reserve tickets in advance of the day of the visit.  The Museum is happy to arrange tours for groups (parties of six or more people). Reservations for group tours must be made at least two weeks in advance and are subject to availability. For additional information about Group Tours, please visit Group Tours.

Please call 413-542-2947 or e-mail with questions.  For questions about accessibility, click here.

Tour Options

Visit Group Tours for information about parties of 6 or more.

Admission to tours is free for members of the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum! Join online to receive free admission and other valuable benefits.


Emily Dickinson’s World

90-minute guided tour of both the Homestead (Emily Dickinson's house) and The Evergreens (Austin and Susan Dickinson's home)

  • In-depth focus on Emily Dickinson's life and family and the major influences on her writing.
  • Includes the parlors, library, and the poet's bedroom at the Homestead; the library, parlor, dining room, kitchen, maid's room, water closet, nursery, and "Emily Room" at The Evergreens.
  • Offered at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM Wednesday through Sunday.
  • From time to time, we must modify the tour schedule to accommodate large group tours or special events.  Click here for upcoming schedule alterations.

Because of the wealth of original materials at The Evergreens, visitors with respiratory difficulties may be sensitive to the air quality in the house.  The recent addition of air-conditioning has improved air quality.

2016 Rates

Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors $11
College Students $6
Students of the "Five College" Consortium* free
Youth age 6-17 $6
Children under 6 free

"This Was a Poet"

45-minute guided tour of the Homestead (Emily Dickinson's house)

  • Introduces visitors to Emily Dickinson by discussing her family, her education, and her poetry.
  • Includes the parlors, library, and Dickinson's bedroom
  • Includes informal participatory reading of a few Dickinson poems
  • Offered at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, and 3:30PM Wednesday through Sunday.
  • From time to time, we must modify the tour schedule to accommodate large group tours or special events.  Click here for upcoming schedule alterations.

Especially suitable for visitors who are new to Emily Dickinson, including families with small children. The tour title comes from a Dickinson poem (Fr446).

2016 Rates

Members Free
Adults $10
Seniors $9
College Students $5
Students of the Five CollegeConsortium* free
Youth age 6-17 $5
Children under 6 free

"Grounds of Memory"

Audio tour of the outdoor Dickinson grounds (duration of full-length tour is 60 minutes; visitors may tailor the tour to fit their needs)

  • Explores Emily Dickinson's fascination with the natural world and her family's deep interest in the land
  • Includes eighteen stops outside the Homestead and The Evergreens.  Stops may be visited in any order.  Each stop offers a 2- or 3-minute narration and at least one Dickinson poem appropriate to that stop.
  • Narrated by poet laureate Richard Wilbur
  • Voice of Emily Dickinson provided by poet Mary Jo Salter

The tour may be accessed three ways:

A map of the grounds is located behind the Tour Center.  Map brochures are also available in the Tour Center during open hours.

Funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The tour title comes from a Dickinson poem (Fr1770).  Cell phone and web-based tour accessed via OnCell.

2016 Rates

WANDS are $6 per wand
or FREE with the purchase
of admission to a guided tour AND to members.

CELL PHONE and WEB tours are FREE, although individual's normal usage fees may apply.

*Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst students receive free admission to the Emily Dickinson Museum with a current ID.

Members of the Massachusetts Teacher Association receive discounted admission with current membership ID.  Discounted admission is also offered to other K-12 educators with valid identification.  Active members of the United States military are admitted free of charge.