MUSEUM REOPENING

The Emily Dickinson Museum has completed its most significant restoration project to date of the revered poet’s Homestead. After two years of closure the Museum is set to welcome visitors back starting Tuesday, August 16, 2022.  Plan your visit.

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.

News & Virtual Events

the front door of the Homestead slightly ajar

Press Release:
Reopening August 16

The Emily Dickinson Museum is set to reopen for public tours ...
close-up of Dickinson's piano

The Musical Life of an American Poet
Friday, August 19, 6pm ET

An illustrated talk with live musical accompaniment, George Boziwick explores the various composers, music sellers, and publishers behind the music ...
The front facade of the Homestead

A Virtual Exploration of
The Homestead and The Evergreens

A multimedia online exploration of the Homestead and Evergreens. Wherever you are, we hope this exploration transports you to Emily Dickinson’s Amherst home ...
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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, August 25, 6pm ET

Phosphorescence August 2022 featured poets:
Abhijit Sarmah and Annemarie Ní Churreáin ...
Emily's handwriting on paper and envelope on a desk

Poem of the Day

We talked as Girls do – (392)

We talked as Girls do –
Fond, and late –
We speculated fair, on every subject, but the Grave –
Of our’s, none affair –

We handled Destinies, as cool –
As we – Disposers – be –
And God, a Quiet Party
to our authority –

But fondest, dwelt opon Ourself
As we eventual – be –
When Girls, to Women, softly raised
We – occupy – Degree –

We parted with a contract
To cherish, and to write
But Heaven made both, impossible
Before another night.

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

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the Museum’s mission to spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home.

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