Attractions

Cemetery in Amherst

West Cemetery

For a peek at Amherst's colorful past, make your way to the West Cemetery, between Triangle St and N Pleasant St. Here you'll find the graves of Amherst's notables, including Emily Dickinson. To spot her stone, foll…
Museum in Amherst

Emily Dickinson Museum

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–86) published only seven poems, but more than 1000 of her poems were discovered and published posthumously, and her verses on love, nature and immortality have made her one…
Museum in Amherst

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Co-founded by the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this superb museum celebrates book illustrations from around the world with rotating exhibits in three galleries, as well as a permanent colle…
College in Amherst

Amherst College

Founded in 1821, Amherst College has retained its character and quality partly by maintaining its small size (1850 students). The scenic campus lies just south of the town common. Get information on guided campus to…
University in Amherst

University of Massadchusetts

The enormous University of Massachusetts at Amherst illustrates the distinction between public and private higher education in the US. Founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, it's now the keystone…
Farm in Amherst

Atkins Farms Country Market

This farm produce center and local institution, about 3 miles south of Amherst, offers maple-sugar products in spring, garden produce in summer and apple picking in the fall. Call about other activities, such as a s…
Museum in Amherst

Mead Art Museum

A small but scintillating collection of art works that span the globe, ranging from American and European paintings to Mexican pottery to West African sculpture to Tibetan scrolls. One highlight is the intricately c…
Museum in Amherst

Beneski Museum of Natural History

Kids will dig the enormous woolly mammoth and dinosaur skeletons at this museum on the campus of Amherst College. Exhibits focus on the geological history of the Pioneer Valley, including an extraordinary collection…
University in Amherst

Hampshire College

The region's most innovative center of learning is Hampshire College, 3 miles south of Amherst center on MA 116. Students here don't pick a major in the regular sense of the word; rather, the school emphasizes multi…