|A group from Mount Holyoke College reads in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.
The Emily Dickinson Museum is happy to arrange group tours for members of the general public and for education-related visits. The museum accommodates groups from varied backgrounds who wish to visit the museum, ranging from K-12 field trips to family reunions and alumni groups. Please read this page carefully before booking your group tour.
What is a group?
The Museum defines a group as a party of six or more people. Groups of more than 12 will be evenly divided into smaller groups to insure a more enjoyable experience.
What can your group do on a visit to the Museum?
The Museum offers a variety of tours, all of which are available to arrange as a group tour. Please see Tour Options for more information about “Emily Dickinson's World” tour, "This was a Poet" tour, “Architecture of the Homestead and Evergreens” tour, and "Grounds of Memory" landscape self-guided audio tour.
How much will it cost?
Students (grades K-college)
|"Emily Dickinson's World" (90 min. includes Homestead and Evergreens)
|"This was a Poet" (45 min. includes Homestead only)
|"Grounds of Memory" Landscape (self-guided)
||$6 or FREE with guided tour
||$6 or FREE with guided tour
|Architecture of the Homestead and Evergreens (1hr. exterior tour of both houses)
Please note the following before booking your tour:
• Reservations for group tours must be made at least two weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Please note: large groups (coach tours or groups larger than 25 people) must contact the Museum at least one month in advance.
• The Museum is best able to accommodate groups that can begin their tours between 9 am and noon, Tuesday through Saturday. Large groups (more than 25 people) that need to schedule a tour outside of these times may be subject to an additional charge. These days and times may be subject to change dependent on ongoing restoration projects at the Homestead and Evergreens.
• Most school visits for grades K-12 take place at the Homestead only. Because May and June are especially busy, we recommend that you schedule your class trip early.
• A 50% non-refundable deposit is required two weeks prior to the tour in order to hold the desired date. The balance is due upon arrival.
• Please inform us if you or any tour participants are an Emily Dickinson Museum Member.
• Groups from the Amherst Public School District, and the five colleges, (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) are admitted at no charge.
• Teachers and chaperones are admitted free of charge up to 1 per 10 students. Each extra chaperone will be admitted at the adult rate.
The group tour coordinator will contact you within one week of receipt to discuss details.
Book NOW for Spring 2015: We strongly suggest booking EARLY for May -July 2015 to ensure the optimal experience for your group. Thank you!
Logistics and Visitor Amenities
There is no on-site parking (except for marked handicapped vehicles). Metered parking is available in front of the Homestead and The Evergreens, as well as in the town’s parking garage (a five-minute walk from the Museum).
Drop-off information and parking for buses will be confirmed with your reservation.
Restroom facilities for visitors are limited. If you are traveling with a large group, please make arrangements to stop at a highway rest area PRIOR to your arrival in Amherst. If you do need to use the museum’s facilities, please arrive early to allow enough time before your tour begins.
Cancellations and Late Arrivals
To cancel your tour, you must call the museum at least 48 hours in advance.
If you anticipate late arrival, please notify the museum ASAP. The museum reserves the right to cancel or reschedule your tour due to tardiness without notification. It is crucial that group tours begin in a timely fashion as they are often designed to work around the museum’s public tour schedule. Please also note that the tardiness of a group may result in an abbreviated or altered tour.
The Tour Center and first floors of the Homestead and The Evergreens are handicapped accessible. Because of the historic nature of the two Dickinson houses, neither house includes an elevator to the second floor. Visitors who are unable to use stairs are provided with illustrated notebooks that describe the exhibits upstairs in each house, and guides and other staff are happy to answer questions about the content of those notebooks. Because of the wealth of original materials at The Evergreens, visitors with respiratory difficulties may be sensitive to the air quality in the house. The recent addition of air-conditioning has improved air quality. For further questions about accessibility, please contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-542-8429.
The Museum has a small shop with a range of items about Emily Dickinson, from pencils and t-shirts to books. If your visit is scheduled to occur outside of the Museum's regular hours of operation, special arrangements can be made to open the museum shop for your group. Go to the Shop page.
The Emily Dickinson Museum does not have a café or picnic area on site. For suggestions about where to eat in Amherst, please visit www.amherstarea.com, the website of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.