Hours & Admission

Hours & Admission

MUSEUM CLOSED

The Emily Dickinson Museum is closed due to a major Restoration Project.

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Admission

Tour

A guided tour in the Homestead parlor.

The Emily Dickinson Museum, comprising two historic houses, 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 45-minute guided tour of the historic interiors. From there, visit our Museum shop, grounds, and gardens, 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, visitors must purchase tickets for a guided tour. 

Please note: The Evergreens, home of her brother Austin Dickinson and sister-in-law Susan, is temporarily closed for preservation improvements during the 2022 season.


Hours

CLOSED

Directions & 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. Visitors are encouraged to allow extra time for 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 25 (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, bathroom, 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 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 a web-based virtual tour of the second floor rooms. 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 three week’s notice sent to EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

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, to reserve tickets please call the Tour Center at (413) 542-2947.

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.

Group Tours

Group Tours

Due to space restrictions, parties of 9 or larger who would like to visit together are asked to book a group tour. The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes groups of 9-25 people to explore the rich world of Emily Dickinson through pre-planned guided experiences. A Museum staff member will work with you to create a memorable visit tailored to your group’s interests, exploring Emily Dickinson’s poetry, place, and lasting legacy.

Group tour reservations are now available for fall 2022 and beyond. For College and K-12 and College groups, please visit our Education section.


Reservations

  • Advance reservation is required for all groups. Reservation requests should be made at least three weeks in advance. Please use our group tour reservation request form.
    A staff member will confirm your group tour reservation by providing an agreement form and invoice.
    Please review our Accessibility page before making your reservation request.

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: $13 per person.

Non-refundable deposit due 3 weeks in advance: 50%

Landscape Tours

Landscape Tours

Grounds of Memory

Marta Macdowell and a volunteer work in Dickinson's 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

CELL PHONE and WEB tours are FREE, although individual’s normal usage fees may apply. The tour may be accessed two ways:

  • RECOMMENDED: Via browser-based mobile app on user’s smart phone
  • Dial-in via personal cell phone by calling (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.

Kn95 mask

COVID-19 Safety

Visitor Code of Conduct: At the Emily Dickinson Museum, the health and safety of our staff and visitors is our number one priority. The Museum has developed routines and requirements to help ensure we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. At minimum, the Museum follows all state and local guidelines related to COVID-19 including face coverings, occupancy, and sanitation guidelines. Visitor entry may be denied for non-compliance with safety measures.

By purchasing tickets and visiting the Emily Dickinson Museum, you are agreeing to comply with the following requirements for visitor conduct:

Do Not Visit if Unwell: Please postpone your visit if you or anyone in your party is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, has recently been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the 48-hours prior.

Vaccination Requirements:
Ticket purchase confirms that you have received the vaccinations and boosters for which you and members of your party are eligible. 

Face Coverings and Masks: Face coverings are a critical public health tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Visitors and Staff at the Museum are required to wear masks inside the Museum. KN95 masks will be provided for visitors upon arrival.

Social Distancing: Visitors take note, there may not be room to distance yourself from other visitors while on the guided tour at the Museum. 

Sanitize Hands Frequently: Keeping hands clean helps prevent the spread of germs, like COVID-19. Please use the hand sanitizing stations in the Tour Center before you begin your tour.

Respect Your Fellow Visitors and Museum Staff: We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. The Museum does not tolerate discrimination or any form of unlawful harassment.