The Emily Dickinson Museum offers a variety of events and public programs throughout the year. Some programs celebrate poetry—the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk in May and the Poetry Marathon in September. Others, like the Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus in July, bring the past into sharper focus.

Upcoming Events in 2015

The Poe,s of Emily Dickinson (book cover)

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Free Dickinson-themed tarot readings during Amherst Art Walk

The Emily Dickinson Museum will offer free Emily Dickinson-themed tarot readings during the May 7 Amherst Art Walk.

The Amherst Art Walk runs on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Tarot readings will be held from 5 to 6:30 pm and from 7 to 7:45 pm in The Evergreens, the home of Emily Dickinson's brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan, on the Museum property at 280 Main Street.

At 6:30 pm, poet Dara Wier, who created the Dickinson-themed tarot deck, will join Halie Theoharides, the illustrator of the deck's Major Arcana section, in a conversation on the inspirations for the tarot illustrations.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Poetry Discussion Group: "Imagining Wind" with Martin Greenup

Time: Noon
Location: Amherst College Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, Amherst
Fee: $12 for museum members, $15 for non-members

Martin Greenup, a precetor in the Harvard College Writing Program, will lead a discussion called "Imagining Wind." His course, Writing the Environment, looks at the rhetoric of environmentalism. DETAILS>>

Poetry Walk

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Poetry Walk
and Members Day

Members Day
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Amherst College Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, Amherst
Fee: Free to Members. RSVP to

Poetry Walk
Time: 1 pm
Location: Begins at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee: Free

The annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet's death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at six historic sites in Amherst. This year's walk will start at the Dickinson Homestead and will weave around Amherst College and downtown Amherst, ending with poetry at Dickinson's grave in West Cemetery. DETAILS>>

May 19 - June 12
Archaeology Field School

Applications are now being accepted for the Historical Archaeology Summer Field School, a collaboration between the Emily Dickinson Museum and University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services.
The field school runs Tuesday through Saturday, May 19 to June 13. Participants will learn the fundamentals of archaeological field and laboratory research in addition to historical interpretation centered around the Dickinson properties. Projects include archaeology at the site of the Dickinson family barn, further investigation of the Dickinson conservatory site (initial work began in 2014), and testing in the area of a soon to be reestablished heirloom apple orchard. DETAILS>>

Past Events