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Emily Dickinson daguerreotype portrait, showing the poet wearing a black dress and a ribbon on her neck

Welcome

The Homestead & The Evergreens

The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson.

The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children. Learn more about the Museum.

Hours

Regular hours March through December
Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m.

Summer hours June through August
Wednesday – Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last tour leaves at 4:30 p.m.

The Museum is closed November 27 and 28 and December 25.

Exciting News of an Extraordinary Gift

June 5, 2019 — The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to announce a gift of approximately $22 million from the late William M. Vickery.

The transformative gift, the largest ever received by the Museum, is specifically earmarked for the maintenance and improvement of its buildings, grounds, and collections.

Read the full story.

William M. Vickery

Events & News

“The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” 2019

“The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” 2019

Send us a postcard, and your work and words will be on display at the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Lesley Dill to Receive This Year’s ‘Tell It Slant’ Award

Lesley Dill to Receive This Year’s ‘Tell It Slant’ Award

The artist will receive the award at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute.
Exciting News About Our Recent Grants

Exciting News About Our Recent Grants

The Museum receives over $100,000 in grants.
‘a mighty room’: Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

‘a mighty room’: Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

September 2019-February 2020. Register now to spend a “sweet hour” in Emily Dickinson’s creative space where she penned her startling poetry.
Emily's handwriting on paper and envelope on a desk

Poem of the Day

A Route of Evanescence (1489)

A Route of Evanescence,
With a revolving Wheel – 
A Resonance of Emerald
A Rush of Cochineal – 

And every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts it’s tumbled Head – 
The Mail from Tunis – probably,
An easy Morning’s Ride – 

Posted in Poems by Emily Dickinson.

Education

People standing and listening during an event outside, with flowers in the foreground

At the Museum

Field trips, special tours, workshops, and fun for students of all ages.

A book of Emily Dickinson's poetry being held open by someone reading

In the Classroom

Lesson plans, resources for students, and more.

Manuscript of Emily's handwriting, not quite legible in photo

Research

Resources, bibliography, and more.

Digital Dickinson

The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes inquiries from researchers and strives to support their work.

Research at the Museum can be useful not only to Dickinson scholars but also to researchers interested in nineteenth-century material culture, social and cultural trends, domestic life, architecture, and decorative arts.

The Museum does not own Dickinson manuscripts or family papers but works closely with the institutions that do. The two major repositories for Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts and family papers are Amherst College and Harvard University. Additional repositories exist at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA, Mt. Holyoke College, Yale, and the Boston Public Library.

To learn more about digital and electronic Dickinson research resources, visit these institutional archives:

Amherst CollegeBoston Public LibraryHarvard UniversityBrown UniversityJones Library, Amherst MA Mt. Holyoke CollegeYale University

daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson fading into pixels