67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
phone: 413-256-0678
fax: 413-256-0672
May through October
Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adults - $5
Senior/Students - $3
Children under 6 - Free
Patricia Lutz, Director
phone: 413-256-0678


The Amherst History Museum is an amusement park for the History buff. The museum exhibits most of its collection in its gallery and period rooms. Its current exhibition, "Emily Dickinson's Amherst," features the poet's white dress and tells the story of Amherst through 19th century photographs and objects. The 1750 ca. Strong House represents the many eras of New England. Knowledgeable tour guides lead visitors through the period rooms.


Amherst Historical Society is the olded Hisotrical Society in the Pioneer Valley. The house was donated to the Society in the 1900's after the death of Mrs. Emerson and house has represents that time period.

Artifacts Collections

Collection dates back to the early 1700's and the society still collects objects of revelance to the town's hisotry.

Research Collections

Most of the paper and photograph collection is housed at the next door Jones Library. The Museum has some out of print history books, independent research papers, photos, and family history information at the museum.

Educational Programs

We offer many programs through out the year. We are the sponosor of the Conch Shell Award, this award honors a local person, business, or organization that has contributed significantly to the preservation of the town's history. We also collaborate with other institutions such as the Emily Dickinson Museum in educational programs and conduct school tours on a regular basis. We have a lectures and workshops through out the year. Fees depend on the event.


    The Society was founded in 1899 and the Board of Trustees comprises 18 members including the Executive Committee.


    Access: General Public

    Appointment required: Yes


    We have a newletter that goes out twice a year, Spring and Fall and an annual report in November.