AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst had its grand reopening Tuesday after being closed for more than two years.

Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum Jane Wald said they’re starting off strong with tickets sold out for the first few days and they are glad to finally be back.

The museum shut down because of the pandemic and they’ve used the last two years to take on a restoration project that cost more than $2 million. They utilized paint analysis, wallpaper scraps and descriptions from visitors in the 19th century… all to make the walls and carpets more realistic to when Emily Dickinson lived there.

Items that also were stored away by tenants who lived there in between the Dickinson’s and now will also be on display.

“We can imagine Emily Dickinson sitting in a chair, reading a newspaper or sitting at her writing stand, composing a poem or even just running upstairs to avoid a visitor. All of that has come alive in the house,” said Wald.

A big part of the project was also updating the heating and cooling system. They’re planning to have a third phase of restorations.

Tickets are available, you can reserve timed tickets on their website.