Contribute: Become a Friend of the Museum


Unrestricted giftsto the Museum are often the best gift you can make. They allow the Museum's staff and board members to allot the money based on current needs. They sustain the Museum's tours, lectures, readings, exhibits, educational outreach, and special events, in addition to supporting conservation projects associated with both Dickinson houses (the Homestead and The Evergreens) and their collections.

Your donations will keep regional elementary school children learning about Emily Dickinson. They will sponsor poetry readings in her garden and Dickinson lectures that you can access on the web. They enhance curatorial efforts to furnish the Homestead and Evergreens as the poet knew them.

Friends are those who support the Museum at the levels listed below.

Gifts of any amount are appreciated, and we invite you to make your tax-deductible contribution now online through our secure site.

Donations may also be mailed to:
Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street
Amherst, MA  01002

Checks should be made out to the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Federal Employer Tax ID #04-2103542. The Emily Dickinson Museum is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College and operates under the College’s federal tax identification number and IRS 501(c)(3) designation.

All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information, please contact our development office at or 413-542-5084.

Several special opportunities await those who join one the donor societies listed below. You'll help the Museum in 2017-2018 fiscal year find new ways to celebrate the words of this great poet.

Free admission, program discounts, and other special benefits are available to anyone who makes a gift of $65 and above. Please join us!

The Cupola Society ($2,500 or more)

Individuals and couples who give $2,500 or more to the Museum meet at Amherst for an annual dinner and related programs. Members are enthusiastic advocates of the Museum, lending counsel and support to the enterprise. The society is named for the cupola atop the Homestead from which the Dickinsons had a commanding 360-degree view of their nineteenth century world.

The Indian Pipe Society ($1,000)

Donors of $1,000 and up gather yearly in Dickinson’s Amherst home to enjoy a special program of appreciation. The group is named for the bloom Emily Dickinson called “the preferred flower of life” when neighbor Mabel Todd painted its picture for her. The image was later imprinted on the covers of the first three Todd-edited volumes of Dickinson’s poems.

The Humming Bird Society ($500)

Those who contribute $500 or more each year to support the Museum’s operating budget are invited to an annual program with a behind-the-scenes peek at the Museum’s current projects. The Society is named for the bird that Dickinson immortalized as “A Route of Evanescence,” in a poem she sent to six different friends.

Patron ($250)

Gifts of $250 or more provide substantial funding for our most essential tours and services, ensuring that thousands of visitors each year have a powerful encounter with Emily Dickinson's home and poetry.

Contributor ($100)

Gifts of $100 or more are the backbone of the Emily Dickinson Museum's annual fund. These gifts help us keep the two historic Dickinson homes open and nurture new programs.

Friend ($65)

Gifts of $65 or more help keep the two historic Dickinson homes open and nurture new programs.