Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

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The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children.

The Museum was created in 2003 when the two houses merged under the ownership of Amherst College. Its mission is to educate diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserve and interpret the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public.
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  • Absolutely the best docent-led tour I have ever experienced anywhere. Maddie was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, animated, interesting, and inspiring. She did not deliver the dull memorized script that.....  more »
  • It is a miracle that the house Emily Dickinson spent her life in has survived largely intact, as has the next-door house of her brother. The museum is painstakingly re-furbishing the main house, and....  more »
  • I went to school in Amherst and lived in the area, but it took a visit from friends to get me to Emily's house. Shame on me. An English major. We had a good docent and the chance to read some...  more »
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  • I took a 4 hour detour to visit the site while going to New Haven. It was totally worth it! Basically you can feel her poems in the air. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Keep in mind that self-guided tour is not allowed. For a bonus, the town was wonderful, too!
  • I have been a fan and a teacher of Dickinson for many years. The hour tour was amazing. Loved Zoe, our guide. So insightful. Made me see with fresh eyes so many new things. The house has been on my literary bucket list for a long long time. Well worth a visit, even if you're not into poetry. And if you're not, why not? Will teach Dickinson in a whole new way.
  • The Emily Dickinson Museum was incredibly educational. The tours are about an hour long and take you through both Emily’s house and her brother’s house right next door. You get to see her bed where she died and the desk where she wrote. Her house is in much better condition than her brother’s, though. Many bolts hold up the walls, but they are in the progress of restoring some of the major rooms. All in all, it was a fantastic experience. Those who are fans of the English language, literature, or poetry will love their time here.
  • Beautiful place, very peaceful and loved the recorded guided tour around the property. The staff is very well informed and made the visit quite pleasant. It's such a powerful experience to walk around the house and be in the very room this prodigy lived.
  • I adore Emily Dickinson and finally had the chance to venture out to Amherst in early May. The tour was amazing! Our tour guide was friendly, funny, and full of facts about ED. The tour even ran over time, which I personally appreciated because I did not feel rushed and felt that our tour guide wanted us to have an exceptional experience. The staff were so welcoming and enthusiastic. The price of a tour is unbelievably low. I cannot wait to visit again!
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