We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number: 215/597-8780
Website
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other...
The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart here.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 88 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Fans of Poe will enjoy

The house stands in the midst of a modern urban cityscape, and it's hard to envision what it might have been like when Poe lived there, but once inside it is fun to imagine what... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
travelinggnome48
,
Hagerstown, Maryland

Similar Things to Do in Philadelphia

Add Photo Write a Review

88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Once you find the building (actually just a few turns from historic old city) and a place to park, knock on the door as instructed and enter the actual world of Poe. Step down into the basement that inspired "The Black Cat". Scan a well-worn floor for the loose plank under which could have beat "The Telltale Heart". Gaze out... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I loved it! The park rangers are so friendly and happy to give any background you need. I learned some things I didn't know before and found out I was misled about some things too! We were able to roam around at our leisure and then at the end we got to go into a study area in the back;... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saugerties, New York
Level Contributor
78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a so-so attraction. The Ranger seemed distracted, but it was interesting in an offbeat way. Worth taking the time to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I took my two daughters (5 and 8) to the Edgar Allan Poe house on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It was a wonderful visit. The house, while not close to the other history sites, was easy to find and free parking was available right across the street. The park rangers were informative and friendly, and they helped both... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Loved this tour. We self toured and had to find the heart and cat, fun looking for it. The video at the start was very informative, things I didn't know about Poe. Highly recommended if you are in Philadelphia.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hagerstown, Maryland
Level Contributor
35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The house stands in the midst of a modern urban cityscape, and it's hard to envision what it might have been like when Poe lived there, but once inside it is fun to imagine what everyday life for Poe and his family would have been like. The cellar is particularly fun, and a good lesson for kids about what might... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Herndon, Virginia
Level Contributor
145 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I had a blast here. The house itself is fairly small and plain, and they haven't had the resources to do any restoration work, so most of the walls are bare and lacking furniture. But, that's made up by the amount of fun the Park Rangers have showing the place off. They've really embraced Poe's various stories. There's a plastic... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
st.louis
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A little off the beaten path, so we drove and parked right across the street!.Upon reaching the gate siting on the front step was a Black Cat!!!. That is one of my favorite works of Poe so I knew that was a good omen.The house is basically void of furnishings except for one room is done in period furniture. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Southern Maryland
Level Contributor
43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We walked FAR to get to this site and there really wasn't much to look at. Edgar Allen Poe only lived here for one year - although it was apparently the year he wrote The Raven. This is not one that I'd visit again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maple Shade, New Jersey
Level Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I was first initiated in the works of Poe at a young age, around 4th grade or so, thereby hooking me for the rest of my life! When my wife suggested we go last Friday (we were both off for Teachers In-Service at the schools we both work), I jumped at the opportunity! And, I am glad we went! Sure,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Address: Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number: 215/597-8780
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?