AMHERST — The Emily Dickinson Museum has completed its most significant restoration project to date of the interior architectural features, finishes, and furnishings of the revered poet’s homestead. The project has also addressed long-term stabilization with the introduction of new environmental regulating systems in Dickinson’s historic birthplace and home. This work is the first step in an ambitious, long-range vision that aims to establish the museum as the premier center for the study and celebration of the Dickinson’s life and work.
The museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 16 after more than two years of closure. In the interim, there has been renewed and growing interest in Dickinson and the revolutionary poetic voice she honed from her home in Amherst. Hailed as the ‘original queen of social distancing,’ Dickinson and her work have been particularly resonant in the past two years. New interpretations and citations, including Apple TV+’s hit series Dickinson, have created a heightened interest in the poet among new audiences. The Emily Dickinson Museum has found itself at the center of this buzz, attracting thousands of individuals from nearly 70 countries to its virtual programs.
With this surge in global interest, the museum is expecting significant visitation numbers in the coming months. Visitors must make an advance reservation for a guided tour, as daily space is limited. To guarantee a tour spot ahead of visiting, use the museum’s new online ticketing system at emilydickinsonmuseum.org/visit.
“We are thrilled to throw open the doors of the Dickinson homestead to visitors once more,” Executive Director Jane Wald said. “While closed, the museum remained active with dynamic online programming for a growing worldwide following, and I am grateful to the museum’s staff for their creativity, determination, and expertise in continuing to fulfill the museum’s mission under trying circumstances. The museum also completed a breathtaking restoration of a large part of the homestead interior that, amazingly, incorporates recovered original architectural features and decorative details that have been hidden for more than a hundred years. Now, every guest at Emily Dickinson’s home will have a more authentic experience of the place where her poetic genius flourished.”