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“These people know their stuff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Emily Dickinson Museum

Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-8161
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Amherst
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Open for tours from March to mid-December, the birthplace of Emily Dickinson is registered as a National Historic Landmark.
Laguna Niguel, California
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“These people know their stuff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

What we thought would be a quick trip through a historical house turned out to be a wonderful experience because of our quide who loved her subject and brought her world alive for us. It's a small home and the information on the poet is slim but we came away enthralled with the entire family and with a real sense of the heart of emily's being. you'll love this tour whether you are interested in literature or not and a great tour for a family.

Visited September 2012
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“Come and Feel the Poetry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Walk into the world of Emily Dickinson, one of the most beloved poets in American history who lived a large amount of her time within the walls and garden walks of two houses, her own and her brother's next door, The Evergreens. Now you can see them both! Emily's house has been open to the public for a number of years and has been sanitized to some extent to feel like a museum, a showplace, a memorial to the Belle of Amherst who is legendary to so many. But it still holds many charms for the visitor. You will see her family portrait from childhood, her only surviving photograph, her dress, her room, the view from her window, her garden. You will be given one of her poems, glimpses of her handwriting, and the aura of her time in history and her family's place in the town's lore. But many artifacts original to Emily reside at Harvard University now, so you will be told this too. However, when you walk over to The Evergreens, which has only been opened in the past year or two for public viewing, you will feel as if Emily just left. This house has not been restored...at least not yet...and everything is original. It is the essence of a fine Victorian home for one of the first families of the town. It is dark and deep and fascinating. The docent I met was full of stories and burst out into verse frequently, so the air was literally full of poetry throughout our visit. I have visited Emily's house many times, often with young people, and some of them have been finicky teens who became immediately enchanted. This last time was the first time I have been able to also see The Evergreens and I was the one enchanted! But overall, I think this attraction has that effect on most visitors.

Visited August 2012
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“love and betrayal in congregationalist home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Tour guide knows Dickinson's poetry and is obviously enthusiastic and committed to making her environment come alive.

Visited August 2012
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“A Great Piece of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

It was lovely to visit the space where Emily Dickinson wrote her poetry. Very informative tour guides.

Visited November 2011
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montclair
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“Dickinson Birthplace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

You can self-guide, or be part of a tour; great opportunity to walk the Emily Dickinson trail, on the site, and visit her brother's house (Everglades) next store.

Visited August 2012
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