Top things to do in Amherst

Museum in Amherst

Emily Dickinson Museum

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

Amherst Cinema

Here's an independent, nonprofit theater that uses solar panels to help power the films. That's all good, but the real reason to come here is for the cutting-edge programming – classic films, foreign flicks, art-hou…
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…
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…
Food & Drinks 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, apples and pumpkins in the fall and ice cream year-round. Call about a…
Bar in Amherst

Moan & Dove

The folks at this small, dark saloon near Hampshire College know their beer. Choose from 150 bottles and 20 draft beers. No food is served – unless you count free peanuts – but you can bring your own grub. The place…
Italian in Amherst

Osteria Vespa

Locally sourced meats and Italian-style cheeses from nearby farms are given a Tuscan twist, and the pasta and gnocchi is made fresh daily at one of Amherst's more upscale restaurants. Prices are on the high side, bu…
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…
Cafe in Amherst

Amherst Coffee

Coffee shop by day, wine and whiskey bar by night, this place is surprisingly urbane for little Amherst. The limited menu features a delectable selection of charcuterie, cheese and other Italian-style snacks. Stop i…