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Phone: 413-542-8161
Fax: 413-542-2152

Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead And The Evergreens

The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens consists of two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts. Both are closely 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 Emily Dickinson Museum was created in 2003 when the two houses merged under the ownership of Amherst College. The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public.


The Museum offers two tours, "Emily Dickinson's World" and "This was a Poet," the former lasting half an hour and the latter lasting an hour and a half.

Emily Dickinson's World
Adult admission: $8.00
Senior/College Student: $7.00
High School Students: $5.00
Children ages 6-12: $5.00
The tour is not recommended for children under 6.

This was a Poet
Adult admission: $6.00
Senior/College Student: $5.00
Students ages 6-17: $3.00
No charge for children under 6.

Opening hours

Museum Hours
The Emily Dickinson Museum is open March through mid-December. Admission to the Museum beyond the Tour Center is by guided tour only. The last tour is at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Getting there

The Emily Dickinson Museum is located two blocks east of Amherst Center on Main Street. Click here for Parking information.

From Interstate 91
Take exit 19 (if coming from the south) or exit 20 (if coming from the north) to Route 9 east. Take Route 9 east approximately five miles through Hadley to the Amherst town limit. Proceed up a long hill. At top of hill, turn left at traffic light onto South Pleasant Street. Turn right at next light onto Main Street. The Museum is 3/10 of a mile ahead on the left.

From the Boston area:
Take Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 8 (for Palmer). Ask at the toll booth for printed directions to Amherst. You will enter Amherst on Route 9 West. After entering Amherst, look for a railroad overpass. Go under the overpass and make an immediate right onto Dickinson Street. Travel two blocks to the end of the street. At the traffic light, turn left onto Main Street. The Museum is ahead on the right.


Take Route 2 West to Exit 16 for Route 202 South. Take Route 202 South about 15 or 20 miles, until you enter Pelham. At an intersection with flashing yellow lights, turn right onto Amherst Road (Amherst Road will eventually turn into Main Street). Go through two traffic lights. The Museum is just ahead on the right after the second traffic light.

Please note that the Museum entrance is for dropping off passengers and for accessible parking only. All vehicles must park either on Main Street at a meter, on a side street near the Museum, or in the Amherst town parking lot, located on Main Street between the Museum and the center of town.

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