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SPECIAL NOTICE

The Emily Dickinson Museum is currently closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In-person guided tours and public programs are suspended for the time being. The Museum is offering new virtual programming and resources.

We are assessing the public health situation on an ongoing basis and will resume our tour and program schedule as soon as it is safe to do so. Please check back for updated information about the Museum’s schedule.

We understand this schedule change may affect previous plans. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you to the Museum as soon as we are able.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College. Find more information on Amherst College’s actions.

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.

In 2020, the Museum will be closed on July 4, November 25 and 26, and December 24 and 25. 

Events & News

Donor Match Announced

Donor Match Announced

Every gift made between now and June 30, 2020, the Board of Governors will match dollar for dollar.
Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

Spend a “sweet hour” in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom to invigorate your artistic output.
Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Call for Proposals: April 9 – June 7, 2020

Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Call for Proposals: April 9 – June 7, 2020

The Emily Dickinson Museum is now accepting proposals for the eighth annual Tell It Slant Poetry Festival.
Remote Program: Poetry Discussion Group, May 22, 2020

Remote Program: Poetry Discussion Group, May 22, 2020

Partake in lively conversation about the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Emily's handwriting on paper and envelope on a desk

Poem of the Day

A Bird, came down the Walk (359)

A Bird, came down the Walk –
He did not know I saw – 
He bit an Angle Worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then, he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass – 
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass –

He glanced with rapid eyes,
That hurried all abroad – 
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought,
He stirred his Velvet Head. –

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers,
And rowed him softer Home –

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon,
Leap, plashless as they swim

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

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