Hours & Admission

Hours & Admission

Admission

Tour

A guided tour in the Homestead parlor.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is open for guided tours March through December. Begin your visit at the Museum’s Tour Center, located in the Homestead, where you can purchase tickets for our 60-minute guided tours. While there, visit our Museum shop, grounds, gardens, and exhibits, all of which are open to the public. Tours, for which a fee is charged, are offered throughout the day and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

To see inside the Homestead, where Emily Dickinson wrote almost all of her poetry, and the Evergreens, the home of her brother Austin Dickinson, visitors must purchase tickets for a guided tour.


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 2019, the Museum is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27 and 28, and on December 25.

Directions & Parking

The Museum is two blocks east of Amherst Center on 280 Main Street.

Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
413-542-8161

Map showing the Homestead at 280 Main Street, Amherst MA

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Driving Directions

From Interstate 91:

Take exit 19 (if coming from the south) or exit 20 (if coming from the north) to Route 9 east. Take Route 9 east approximately five miles through Hadley to the Amherst town limit. Proceed up a long hill. At top of hill, turn left at traffic light onto South Pleasant Street. Turn right at next light onto Main Street. The Museum is 3/10 of a mile ahead on the left.

From the Boston area:

Take Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 8 (Palmer/Ware). Take Route 32 South to Route 20 West/N Main St. in Palmer. North Main St. becomes MA-181. Follow MA-181 North for 6 miles into Belchertown. Turn left onto Route 9 West and follow into Amherst. After entering Amherst, look for a railroad overpass. Go under the overpass and make an immediate right onto Dickinson Street. Travel two blocks to the end of the street. At the traffic light, turn left onto Main Street. The Museum is ahead on the right.

OR

Take Route 2 West to Exit 16 for Route 202 South. Take Route 202 South about 15 or 20 miles, until you enter Pelham. At an intersection with flashing yellow lights, turn right onto Amherst Road (Amherst Road will eventually turn into Main Street). Go through two traffic lights. The Museum is just ahead on the right after the second traffic light.

Public Transportation

The Emily Dickinson Museum is accessible via public transportation, and a PVTA bus stop is located near the West corner of the Evergreen’s property. Learn more about available options.

Parking

Please note that the Museum driveway is for dropping off passengers and for accessible parking only. All vehicles must park either at meters (many are available directly in front of the Homestead and Evergreens), in an Amherst town parking lot, located on the south side of Main Street two blocks west of the Museum, or in the town parking garage on the north side of Main Street two blocks west of the Museum.

The Town of Amherst’s interactive parking map offers details about nearby parking options.

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.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

“My Letter to the World”

A guided tour standing outside the Homestead

A guided tour standing outside the Homestead

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, water closet, nursery, and “Emily Room” at The Evergreens.
  • Offered Wednesday through Sunday, March through December, from 11AM to 4PM. During the months of June, July, and August, the Museum is open for extended hours, Wednesday through Monday, from 10AM to 5PM, with the last tour offered at 4:30PM.
  • From time to time, we must modify the tour schedule to accommodate large group tours or special events.  
  • Regular Tour Times: (Subject to change) 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM, 1PM, 1:30PM, 2PM, 2:30PM, 3PM, 3:30PM.
  • Summer Tour Times: (Subject to change) 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 1PM, 1:30PM, 2PM, 2:30PM, 3PM, 4PM, 4:30PM.
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2019 Rates:


Friends (donations of $65 and above): Free


Adults: $15


Seniors: $13


Students (18+): $10


Students of the Five College Consortium: Free (with current ID for Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, or Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst)


Youth (17 and under): Free


Current members of the Massachusetts Teacher Association and K-12 educators with valid identification receive discounted admission. Discounted admission is also offered to other K-12 educators with valid identification. Active members of the United States military are admitted free of charge.

Daily Program

Daily Programs

Short Daily Programs

Offered periodically each day, these bite-sized programs led by knowledgeable guides offer a closer look at special topics pertaining to Dickinson.

  • Programs are held in the Tour Center or on Museum grounds.
  • Duration of programs is 15-20 minutes.
  • Topics change daily but may include: Dickinson and Publication, Dickinson and the Civil War, Dickinson as Gardener, Dickinson Family Pets, etc.
  • To find out times and subjects of short daily programs please call the Tour Center.

2019 Rates:

Short Daily Programs are free with purchase of guided house tours. 

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

Landscape Tours

Landscape Tours

“Grounds of Memory”

Visitors sitting in the Dickinson gardens

Visitors Enjoying the Garden

Audio tour of the outdoor Dickinson grounds (duration of full-length tour is 60 minutes; visitors may tailor the tour to fit their needs)

  • Explores Emily Dickinson’s fascination with the natural world and her family’s deep interest in the land
  • Includes eighteen stops outside the Homestead and The Evergreens. Stops may be visited in any order. Each stop offers a 2- or 3-minute narration and at least one Dickinson poem appropriate to that stop.
  • Narrated by poet laureate Richard Wilbur
  • Voice of Emily Dickinson provided by poet Mary Jo Salter

The tour may be accessed two ways:

  • User-friendly audio wands available at the Tour Center ticket desk
  • By user’s own cell phone (413-362-3595)

A map of the grounds is located behind the Tour Center.  Map brochures are also available in the Tour Center during open hours.

Funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The tour title comes from a Dickinson poem (Fr1770).  Cell phone and web-based tour accessed via OnCell.

2019 Rates:


WANDS are $6 per wand or FREE with the purchase of admission to a guided tour AND to Friends of the Museum.


CELL PHONE and WEB tours are FREE, although individual’s normal usage fees may apply.

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 Summer 2019. 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.

Studio Session Request Form

When choosing your preferred and second choice date, please note that studio sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In March through May, sessions are offered between 9AM – 11AM or 4:30PM – 6:30PM. In June through August, sessions are offered between 8AM – 10AM and 5PM – 7PM. 

Appointment availability is limited; appointments are are scheduled at the discretion of Museum staff. 

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Studio sessions are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Sessions are offered 9am-11am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm September through May. In June, July, and August, sessions are offered from 8am-10am and 5pm to 7pm.
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