Robert Frost once said, "Writing a poem is discovering," which explains how he accidentally unearthed the planet Neptune, the country of France, and the concept of van der Waals interaction while writing "The Road Not Taken." Partake in additional poetic pioneering with today's Groupon to the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. Choose between the following options:
For $10, you get two admission passes to the museum or to a tour (up to a $20 value). This Groupon gets you one of the following:
- A 90-minute Emily Dickinson's World tour of the Homestead—Emily Dickinson's house—and The Evergreens—Austin and Susan Dickinson's house (up to a $10 value each)
- A 45-minute This Was a Poet tour of the Homestead (up to an $8 value each)
- An approximately 60-minute Grounds of Memory self-guided audio tour of the outdoor Dickinson grounds (up to a $6 value each)
For $32, you get a one-year individual or household membership (a $65 value each). Membership includes:
- Individual—free admission on any regularly scheduled tour for the individual member plus one guest
- Household—free admission on any regularly scheduled tour for up to two adults and two children under 18
The Emily Dickinson Museum educates visitors about the life and work of poet Emily Dickinson, preserving her home for scholarly research and as a monument for the public. During the 90-minute Emily Dickinson's World tour, guides lead guests through the Homestead, where Dickinson was born and lived, and The Evergreens, where the poet's brother lived. Visitors can see where Dickinson slept, ate, wrote, parlor'd, and played Pac-Man, getting an in-depth look into her genius and into overall 19th-century life. The shorter This Was a Poet tour introduces novice Dickinson aficionados to the Homestead and includes an informal participatory reading of a few Dickinson poems. The 18-stop self-guided audio tour, with two–three minutes of narration at each stop, escorts guests' ears around the Dickinson grounds, exploring her fascination with the natural world and the mating calls of the sasquatch.
For those wishing to support the Emily Dickinson Museum beyond a couple of visits, a one-year individual or household membership keeps Dickinson's legacy alive more effectively than graffiti-tagging interstate overpasses with "A Charm invests a face/Imperfectly beheld." Benefits of museum membership include two complimentary guests passes good for one-time admission to a regularly scheduled tour, a 10% discount at the museum shop, the monthly e-newsletter, advance notice of museum programs, and free or reduced program fees.
Emily Dickinson Museum
The Amherst College–owned Emily Dickinson Museum preserves the memory and work of the poet and hyphen master by maintaining the estate where she lived and composed many of her nearly 1,800 poems. The museum includes The Homestead, her birthplace and longtime residence, which stands near The Evergreens, where her brother, Austin, lived with his family. Emily and her siblings were all avid gardeners, cultivating flowers and hedges throughout their 3-acre estate. Emily herself maintained a conservatory for her collection of exotic plants, and she drew endless inspiration from her natural surroundings for her work.
The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes field trips for groups of students and schedules events throughout the year to celebrate her poetry and role in American literary history. Interactive poetry discussion groups meet at various Amherst locations, keeping Dickinson's style relevant by communicating only in rhyming quatrains.