Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

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The Emily Dickinson Museum is a historic house museum consisting of two houses: the Dickinson Homestead (also known as Emily Dickinson Home or Emily Dickinson House) and the Evergreens. The Dickinson Homestead was the birthplace and home from 1855 to 1886 of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886), whose poems were discovered in her bedroom there after her death. The house next door, called the Evergreens, was built by the poet's father, Edward Dickinson, in 1856 as a wedding present for her brother Austin. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the houses are preserved as a single museum and are open to the public on guided tours.
The Emily Dickinson Home is a US National Historic Landmark, and properties contribute to the Dickinson Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Kathryn was an excellent tour guide. Small group tours facilitate interaction. Homestead now beautifully restored. 
    Kathryn was an excellent tour guide. Small group tours facilitate interaction. Homestead now beautifully restored.  more »
  • My husband and I planned our vacation around going to the Emily Dickinson Museum. It was awesome. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. She interspersed Emily’s poetry as she described... 
    My husband and I planned our vacation around going to the Emily Dickinson Museum. It was awesome. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. She interspersed Emily’s poetry as she described...  more »
  • Glad to see it open again! Education, inspiration, interesting, and affordable- kids and students are free and it's cheap for adults. The guide really knows his stuff. 
    Glad to see it open again! Education, inspiration, interesting, and affordable- kids and students are free and it's cheap for adults. The guide really knows his stuff.  more »
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  • We had a great trip here and my daughter loved learning about Emily Dickinson from a child’s point of view. I think her childhood visit deeply impacted her worldview even as an adult. We are looking forward to returning! We love how complex and intelligent Dickinson is. Bonus for college students- the museum tour really helped with papers and impressing English professors!
  • Haven't visited in nearly a decade and am so excited for when they reopen! I've done a few online seminars over the last year or so including the poetry walk, and the folks running the museum are doing a wonderful job preserving the history and importance of Dickinson's work. The preservation of her herbariums in particular (I think that's what they're called?) are truly marvelous. The amount of skill she put in to carefully arranging each plant and flower just blows me away. I keep telling my fiancé I'll take him so he can enjoy the grounds and the houses as well because everyone ought to visit at least once. I have the Emily Dickinson tarot deck and it's so beautiful, very well done and the art captures something about the divine and the poetry I can't quite put into words. I've been using it more for personal readings and definitely would recommend it to anyone who is interested in divination.
  • I've never been, but I want so desperately to go. Emily Dickinson's poems speak to me like nothing else in this world. Even my lack of understanding makes me admire her and her wisdom... every poem is about my story because she allows me to interpret them that way. One day I will visit
  • A very nice experience visiting the home where the famous poet lived. The visit includes a personal tour, and our guide certainly cared a great deal about Emily Dickinson. He recited a lot of her poetry from memory and the visit lasted nearly two hours. The main house in particular is quite nice, as are the gardens.
  • This may be my favorite author house/museum to visit. Certainly, I have not found a better one. Most importantly, the genuine love that each person brings to the Emily Dickinson Museum is manifest in every aspect of the museum's public-facing presentation. To the museum's great credit, the individual personalities (and, vitally, the reasons those individuals love Dickinson) that each individual brings to the table seem to be honored and encouraged. To wit: I have enjoyed the tour of the House and the Evergreens several times, and each time highlighted very different aspects of the poet's life and work. The first time, our guide seemed to focus most on ways of reading Dickinson (believe me, it's a fascinating subject). The second, our guide was most focused on the lives (like loaded guns) that the Dickinsons lived. The third, our guide brought up Thomas Wentworth Higginson enough to make me change my thinking on him (my opinion has become decidedly more favorable as a direct result of this tour). I'm sure that the next time I go, I'll take away more once again. Beyond this, the museum does an excellent job of crafting outstanding programming. I would recommend the annual walk from the Dickinson house to the poet's grave, which occurs in mid May of the year (in keeping with Dickinson's passing). It's truly a deeply affecting memorial. If you love Dickinson, you just want to learn some more about this major figure, or you're anywhere in between, visit the Emily Dickinson Museum. You'll be glad you did.

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