Archaeologists looking over artifacts found at the museum

Digging at the Dickinsons’: Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historical Archaeology

Monday, October 1, 2018

6:30PM at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Archaeologists from UMass working on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson museumView Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2018. Their work sheds new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn and well. Archaeobotany research– a special branch of archaeology studying plant remains in the soil–began at the Museum in 2017 and has continued in 2018. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects! 

Free and open to the public. No registration required.Read more

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September 6, 2018 Arts Night

September 6, 2018

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! 

Learn more  at www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/events. Each month enjoy the following:

5 to 8 pm: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 

5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind

6 pm: Open mic begins

Featured readers follow the open mic 

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.Read more

“Buccaneers of Buzz” Pollinator Fair

Sunday, August 5 from 10AM to 12PM

The beehive that now stands on the Dickinson propertyBees are Black – with Gilt Surcingles –
Buccaneers of Buzz – 
Ride abroad in ostentation
And subsist on Fuzz –   (Fr1426)

Families are welcome at this celebration of all things pollination at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Did you know Dickinson wrote around 100 poems about bees? She was a keen observer of the natural world where hummingbirds and butterflies also captured her imagination. Perhaps such pollinators fascinated Dickinson because of their contributions to her flower gardens, where their hungry activities supported the growth of her plants! At our Fair, learn more about the continued important of pollinators today, and the things you can do at home to make a happy environment for them.

The Pollinator Fair is free and open to all, but individual activity fees apply.Read more

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August 2, 2018 Arts Night

August 2, 2018

A speaker performing at the art walk

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! 

Learn more  at www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/events. Each month enjoy the following:

5 to 8 pm: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 

5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind

6 pm: Open mic begins

Featured readers follow the open mic 

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.Read more

The Arts Night Plus logo

July 5, 2018 Arts Night

July 5, 2018

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Learn more  at www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/events. Each month enjoy the following:

5 to 8 pm: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from

5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind

6 pm: Open mic begins

Featured readers follow the open mic 

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.Read more

Children playing on stilts at the circus

Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Children’s Circus

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Children playing on stilts at the circusTime: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Emily Dickinson Museum lawn

Fee: $5 for families, Museum Friends are FREE

Additional activity fees are noted below. 

On Saturday, July 14, the Emily Dickinson Museum will present its annual 19th Century Children’s Circus from 1 to 4 pm on the Emily Dickinson Museum lawn. Especially perfect for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults), this event is open to the public and $5 for families and FREE for Friends of the Museum.Read more

Group Tours

Group Tours

The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes groups of 6-50 people to explore the rich world of Emily Dickinson through guided tours. A Museum staff member will work with you to create a memorable visit tailored to your group’s interests. Groups may choose from our full menu of tours to explore Emily Dickinson’s poetry, place, and lasting legacy.

See below for guided tour selections.
For College and K-12 Groups, please visit our Education section.


Reservations

  • Advance registration is required for all groups.  Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. For groups larger than 15, we ask for at least one month’s notice. Please use our group form request.
  • The Program Coordinator will be in touch within two business days, and will work with you to find a date and time for your visit.
  • You will receive a Group Tour Policy Agreement and Tour Invoice. A signed Agreement and non-refundable deposit will be due in two weeks. Their return is required to secure your reservation.
  • No visits are scheduled until confirmed by a staff member.

Questions? Call 413.542.2034 or e-mail edmreservations@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

For information for visitors with disabilities, please see Accessibility.


“This Was a Poet”

45-minute guided tour of the Homestead (Emily Dickinson’s house) only

  • Introduces visitors to Emily Dickinson by discussing her family, education, and poetry
  • Includes the parlors, library, and Dickinson’s bedroom
  • Includes informal participatory reading of Dickinson poems

Pricing: $60 for up to 6 guests, $10 for each addition

 

“My Letter to the World”

60-minute guided tour of both the Homestead (Emily Dickinson’s house) and The Evergreens (Austin and Susan Dickinson’s home)

  • In-depth focus on Emily Dickinson’s life and family and the major influences on her writing
  • Includes the parlors, library, and the poet’s bedroom at the Homestead; the library, parlor, dining room, kitchen, maid’s room, and water closet at The Evergreens

Pricing: $80 for up to 6 guests, $13 for each addition

 

“Emily Dickinson’s World”

90-minute guided tour of both the Homestead (Emily Dickinson’s house) and The Evergreens (Austin and Susan Dickinson’s home)

  • Exclusive to groups, this extended tour provides a rich introduction to the Dickinson’s life and poetry, and allows time to explore additional topics in depth
  • Includes the parlors, library, and the poet’s bedroom at the Homestead; the library, parlor, dining room, kitchen, maid’s room, water closet, nursery, and Emily Room at The Evergreens

Pricing: $90 for up to 6 guests, $13 for each addition

Studio Sessions

Studio Sessions

“Sweet hours have perished here;
This is a mighty room;
Within its precincts hopes have played, –
Now shadows in the tomb.”
-J1767

Emily's bedroom with her dress and bed and writing table

The poet’s writing desk

Spend a “sweet hour” in Emily Dickinson’s  creative space where she penned her startling poetry. Whether you are a writer, an artist, a composer, or a poet, you’ll find solace and inspiration for your artistic output in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. Let this quiet experience jumpstart your next creative journey.

Participants may spend up to two hours in the bedroom. A small table and chair will be provided.  Participants will experience the atmosphere of Dickinson’s corner bedroom, and enjoy the view from the Poet’s windows. 

Program Guidelines:

  • Payment is due in advance of studio sessions.
  • Upon arrival, a photocopy of your license or passport will be made. The copy will be destroyed following your session.
  • Participants must remain in the designated area of the historic room. Participants may not touch the historic furnishings in the bedroom.
  • Bags, food, and beverage must be left outside the room.
  • No pens, inks, or paints permitted. Pencil and paper or laptop only. Other materials must be approved.
  • Photography permissions must be arranged through the Museum. Permission is for non-commercial, personal use, and not for public distribution.
  • Door to bedroom will remain open, and staff will be present outside the room at all times.
  • Sessions will not be rescheduled or refunded after booking except in the case of an emergency. Refunding and rescheduling are at the discretion of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Registration is now available for Winter, Spring, and Summer 2020. Register through our online request form.

Regular Pricing: 
1 person for one hour: $200
1 person for 2 hours: $300
2 people for 1 hour: $300
2 people for 2 hours: $450

Emily Dickinson Museum Friends* Pricing:
1 person for one hour: $150
1 person for two hours: $250
2 people for 1 hour: $250
2 people for 2 hours: $400

*Friends have gifted $65 or above to the Museum

 Please direct questions to EDMPrograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.