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

Wednesday–Sunday
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Closed the following holidays:
July 4, 2019
November 27-28, 2019
December 25, 2019

Events & News

Poetry Discussion Group – May 17, 2019

Poetry Discussion Group – May 17, 2019

Final Poetry Discussion Group of the season!
Annual Poetry Walk – May 18, 2019

Annual Poetry Walk – May 18, 2019

Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk, 10:30AM to 12PM.
Amherst Arts Night Plus – June 6, 2019

Amherst Arts Night Plus – June 6, 2019

Featuring art by Kandy Vermeer Phillips
Garden Days at the Homestead, June 7-8, 2019

Garden Days at the Homestead, June 7-8, 2019

June 7-8, 2019. Join us for tours of the Emily Dickinson Museum’s grounds and flower gardens.
Emily's handwriting on paper and envelope on a desk

Poem of the Day

There’s a certain Slant of light (258)

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the Seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –Read more

Posted in Poems by Emily Dickinson and tagged .

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

Our outreach program, lesson plans, 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