Created in 2003 and comprised of two historic houses in the center of Amherst, the Emily Dickinson House and Museum was established to remember the legacy of one of America's best and most prolific poets. The homes Homestead and the Evergreens once belonged to Emily Dickinson and members of her family who lived here during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Homestead was Emily’s comforting abode and birthplace while the Evergreens, next door, played home to her brother and his family. Together these buildings have educated diverse audiences about Dickinson’s life, family, critical work, and enduring relevance. The museum works to preserve and interpret both structures for the benefit of the general public.
Not only can your group explore the beautifully restored interiors of both homes, you will be presented with historical artifacts from the distinguished poet's life. Her clothes, possessions, personal furniture collections, archived first edition works and handwritten poems, are on display throughout the house and in the museum. Stand in the rooms where Emily Dickinson lived and worked, look out the windows and see the same Amherst gardens and scenery that inspired Dickinson's poetry, and discover the familial connection between her and her family.
While here, your group will have the choice of taking four different and highly distinct tours, taking part in any of the many lively programs from poetry marathons to rock concerts, viewing all of the interpretive exhibits, or admiring the meticulously restored architectural wonder of a building. There are guided tours of the house including a 90-minute tour of both houses and a 45-minute tour of the Homestead, as well as a 60-minute audio tour of the gorgeous grounds outside. Visit the Tour Center while here to get more detailed information on tours, visit the Museum Shop, or look at any of the additional interpretive exhibits.