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 1855–1886 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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  • Although the house museum is currently closed due to Covid, when things return to normal, this is an important stop for anyone planning to attend performances at Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow or the...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.

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