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Amherst Poetry Festival returns September 20-23

Now in its sixth year, the Amherst Poetry Festival returns featuring the Emily Dickinson Marathon, AstroPoets, Shayla Lawson, Ocean Vuong, and more. DETAILS>>

Before You Became Improbable Tickets are now available!

This popular immersive theater production returns October 3-6 after sold-out runs in 2014 and 2015. Explore the correspondence between Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson in this theatrical journey through Amherst. Tickets are expected to sell out. Reserve yours now! DETAILS>>

 Three seasons with Gardener-in-Residence Marta McDowell 

Emily Dickinson's Gardens author Marta McDowell, the Museum's first Gardener-in-Residence, leads "The Seasons-shift-my Picture," five special sessions that explore the Dickinson family grounds in spring, summer, and fall 2018. DETAILS>>

Bedroom 360 Exhibit now online

Even if you aren't in Amherst, you can still visit the Museum virtually! View Emily Dickinson's bedroom through a 360 virtual tour on our website! DETAILS>>

 The Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum's mission is to spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson's revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home.

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 The Emily Dickinson Museum gratefully acknowledge funding from Massachusetts Cultural Council for their generous support through the Cultural Investment Portfolio for operating expenses, and through the Cultural Facilities Fund and their collaborative arrangement with MassDevelopment for facilities projects.

Poem of the Week

This was a Poet - 
It is That
Distills amazing sense
From Ordinary Meanings - 
And Attar so immense

From that familiar species
That perished by the Door - 
We wonder it was not Ourselves
Arrested it - before - 

Of Pictures, the Discloser - 
The Poet - it is He - 
Entitles Us - by Contrast - 
To ceaseless Poverty - 

Of Portion - so unconscious - 
The Robbing - could not harm - 
Himself - to Him - a Fortune - 
Exterior - to Time - 

F. 446 Reprinted by permission.

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2018 Hours

January and February
Closed for tours. Offering public programs.


Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm

Last tour leaves at 3:30PM

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

June-August Summer extended hours

Wednesday-Monday, 10AM-5PM

Last tour leaves at 4:30PM

Closed Tuesdays

Closed the following days
in observance of 2018 holidays:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
(day before Thanksgiving)
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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