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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

Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Today, in our distress over recent devastating events, we stand with our community and with the Black Lives Matter movement against racial injustice and inequality.
Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting, July 31-August 1, 2020

Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting, July 31-August 1, 2020

The 2020 EDIS annual meeting will be held virtually.
Amherst Arts Night Poetry Reading, August 6, 2020 – REMOTE PROGRAM

Amherst Arts Night Poetry Reading, August 6, 2020 – REMOTE PROGRAM

Featured readers present their work virtually, every first Thursday
Martha Ackmann Virtual Book Talk and Q&A, August 16, 2020, 5-6 p.m. (EST)

Martha Ackmann Virtual Book Talk and Q&A, August 16, 2020, 5-6 p.m. (EST)

Discover the book that provides new insights into Emily Dickinson.
Emily's handwriting on paper and envelope on a desk

Poem of the Day

A narrow Fellow in the Grass (1096)

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides – 
You may have met him? Did you not
His notice instant is – 

The Grass divides as with a Comb – 
A spotted Shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your Feet
And opens further on – 

He likes a Boggy Acre – 
A Floor too cool for Corn – 
But when a Boy and Barefoot
I more than once at Noon 

Have passed I thought a Whip Lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled And was gone – 

Several of Nature’s People
I know and they know me
I feel for them a transport
Of Cordiality

But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone. 

Posted in Poems by Emily Dickinson, Uncategorized.

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