Privacy Statement

Personal Information

We respect requests to restrict and protect personal information. Our website is primarily intended to inform and educate about Emily Dickinson as well as to enhance the visitor’s experience online and in person at the Museum.

The Emily Dickinson Museum website adheres to the following policy for ensuring the privacy of your personally identifiable information (such as full name, address, telephone number, and/or other identifiable information.)

Gathering and Use of Information

  1. We will not collect personally identifiable information from you, other than what you supply to us on a voluntary basis or is publicly available.
  2. You might be asked to provide some personally identifiable information in order to participate in some online activities. This could be in connection with the following:
    1. Subscription registration for services such as email newsletters
    2. Transactions on third-party partner web sites such as becoming a member, donating to the  Museum or making on-line merchandise purchases
    3. Contest or sweepstakes registration
    4. Content submissions, community postings (i.e., forums or bulletin boards), comments and suggestions, voting , or online surveys
  3. The Emily Dickinson Museum may use your personally identifiable information to extend promotional offers (such as invitations to Museum events) or to provide information requested by users.
  4. When you disclose personal information on our website, we may use your address internally to inform you of events and opportunities at the Museum.
  5. If you do not wish to receive these communications, you may choose to "opt out". Under certain circumstances, opting out may prevent your participation in activities for which personal information is needed.
  6. We may use personally identifiable information in order to prevent improper use of our site, or as otherwise necessary to defend against or assist in the investigation of improper or illegal activity on the website.
  7. We take all reasonable steps to protect our visitors’ personal information against loss, misuse, and alteration. To honor our visitors' privacy we will not disclose, sell or trade any information about you to third parties without your permission.

Children (12 years old or under)

The Emily Dickinson Museum does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 12 years of age. Children should always ask parents for permission before providing personal information to any Web site or purchasing any products or services on line. The Museum urges all parents to participate in their children's exploration of the internet and to teach them about protecting their personal information while online.

Users under 18 years of age cannot make credit card purchases on our website.

Financial Information

Financial information is not transmitted via our own website. The Emily Dickinson Museum has contracted with reputable third-party vendors in order to provide certain services to its online users. The Museum has taken all possible precautions to insure that the privacy of its online visitors is protected by any online partners. In cases when users leave the Museum's site to visit one of the partners' sites, users are encouraged to become familiar with the privacy statements of each site they visit. Online purchases or donations are handled by separate third-party vendors using  encryption to process purchases made online. To ensure that you are on a secure page while making a purchase or donation, look for the closed key oarlock on the bottom of your web browser during the checkout process.

If you wish to delete your e-mail address from our mailing lists, please e-mail us, andwe will remove this contact information within 7 days.


The Museum takes appropriate precautions to ensure security for users of its website. Of course, no mechanism can guarantee that information stored electronically or transmitted over the Internet is perfectly safe. Moreover, although privacy options may be available for controlling access to your personal data on the site, please be aware that these security measures are not impenetrable, nor can the Museum control the actions of other users on the site. Therefore, the Museum does not guarantee that user content you post or personal data available via the site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. The Museum is not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of user content and/or personal data may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or in copies stored by other users.

The Museum makes no warranty, guarantee or representation that the site is protected from viruses, security threats or other vulnerabilities or that your user content or personal data is always secure. You should consider this when deciding what user content you post or what personal data you authorize the Museum to post.

Anonymous Information and Cookies

The site automatically logs certain information that does not personally identify you (“anonymous information”). This anonymous information is used to help manage and improve the site. The anonymous information recorded by the site includes, for example, your web browser, your operating system, and the date and time of your visits to the site.

Some parts of the site rely on cookies, which are small data files placed on your computer. The Museum uses cookies only to improve your browsing experience. For example, cookies allow the site to keep your browsing session alive as you complete a web-based activity or transaction that spans multiple web pages on the site. The Museum does not use cookies to track your preferences or to record your use of the site. You can disable the cookies function, or delete existing cookies, through your web browser’s options menu, but doing so may affect the functionality of the site.


We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our website nor the information or content on that website. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our website. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our website to another website, our Privacy Statement is no longer in effect. If you choose to explore these websites, we suggest that you carefully review their individual Privacy Statement.

Policy Changes

As our website changes, it may be necessary for us to change our privacy policy to reflect new online activities and program. Any changes will be posted here. To keep informed about our information practices, please check this page periodically.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy statement, our online practices or your dealings with this website, please contact:

Emily Dickinson Museum
Online Privacy
280 Main Street
Amherst, MA  01002