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Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

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4.5/5 based on 190 reviews on the web
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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  • One of the best tours I've experienced. Ever. The guide Melba Jensen knew Dickinson's poetry and life, and tied the tour to the poet – the very reason we're visiting the house. Jensen wove the poems i...  read more »
  • Thanks for allowing time to sit and read Dickinson's poetry and discuss her style and themes. Interesting and sad history of Dickinson's family, too... 
  • You understand more about her poetry after seeing where she lived and wrote. Wonderful guides. Authentic restoration of her bedroom. 
  • A great stop for fans! The museum was fun and the staff were pleasant. I enjoyed walking around the surrounding area too. Great part of Massachusetts.
  • The museum has restored a few rooms in the original house back to the time that Emily lived in the house. The tour is more about the story though. The grounds are a nice stroll also. If you are a fan of Emily, you will enjoy it, but kids are quickly bored and there isn't a lot to see.
  • Guided tour of the home that Emily Dickinson lived and died in. Great details and insight into the life of Emily Dickinson. A must for literary fans.
  • We took the 90-minute tour in Amherst, Mass on Saturday, Aug 22. Our verdict: Excellent and most stimulating. The docent was personable, informative, forthcoming and very prepared,.(I think her name was Caroline.) Overall, it was most worthwhile way to learn more about the life of Emily Dickinson. An excellent experience.
  • Well, I have read the reviews and I beg to differ. This 90 minute tour of both houses was a tour of houses, mostly. We learned about the types of pianos used back in those days. The fireplaces were discussed ad nauseam, and the guide even had the nerve to say, "Well more about the fireplaces later." Hey, what about the poems? What was a day in the life of Emily Dickinson like? No clue. The white dress on the 2nd floor was only mentioned when someone in the group asked if it was an original. "No it isn't." She was called, "the lady in white, after all. But that was it for the dress. In one room was a display on the structure of a Dickinson poem, but seemed geared more for children and we spent 5 minutes in that room. Of course we heard about Emily's brother Austin and his affair with a woman named Mabel Todd. But what about the poems. Maybe I got on the architectural tour. Next time I'd like to hear about one the foremost American poets, Emily Dickinson.
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