Accessibility

Accessibility

The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes all visitors.

Physical Accessibility

Our Tour Center and first floors of the Homestead and The Evergreens and a portion of the museum grounds are wheelchair accessible. Due to their historic architecture, the second floors of each house are not completely accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs.

For planning purposes, please note the following:

  • Because of the historic nature of the two Dickinson houses, neither house includes an elevator to the second floor.
  • The first floor of the Homestead includes the Tour Center, parlors, and library. Emily Dickinson’s bedroom is accessed by a fifteen-step staircase with double railings.
  • The Evergreens is located approximately one block from the Homestead and is reachable by paved sidewalk or a mulched path. Visitors with disabilities may park in The Evergreens driveway upon request. The first floor is wheelchair accessible. The second floor is accessed by a thirteen-step staircase with a railing on one side.
  • Because of the wealth of original materials at The Evergreens, visitors with respiratory difficulties may be sensitive to the air quality in the house. 
  • Visitors who are unable to use the stairs are provided with illustrated notebooks describing the exhibits in the upstairs of each house, as well as an iPad with 360 degree view of Dickinson’s bedroom. Staff are present to answer questions about the spaces.
  • Modern chairs are provided in each room for visitor comfort.

Sign Language Interpretation

  • Sign-language interpretation is available free of charge for tours and museum programs by request with two week’s notice.

Service Animals

  • Service dogs are welcome throughout the property, including both historic houses.

Care Partners

  • Care partners of visitors with disabilities will be admitted for free.

Accessible Parking

  • Two spaces are designated for visitors with disabilities in the Museum’s driveway. If a space is not available upon your arrival, please call (413) 542-2947 for assistance.
  • The driveway may be used for drop-off.  Find general parking information.

For further questions about accessibility, or to suggest how we might continue to improve the visitor experience, please contact the museum at bsteinhauser@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

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