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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Address: 1914-16 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804 648 5523
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Ranked #34 of 87 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Illustrations of the famous poem "The Raven" and numerous other artifacts surrounding the life of...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Illustrations of the famous poem "The Raven" and numerous other artifacts surrounding the life of this great American author, the father of the psychological horror story, are housed in a series of buildings, including Richmond's oldest.

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Norfolk
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Located in Richmond's oldest surviving home in historic Shockoe Bottom, the Poe Museum is really worth a visit. Parking is street or you can find parking lots nearby (I found one near the train station). The nondescript entrance on Main is easy to overlook so keep an eye out for the sign. When you first enter, you are in the... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Visiting this museum gives you a better understanding of Edgar Allen Poe. Having read his works in school this visit filled in a number of gaps into his life and history. Very well done and worth a visit. The museum has parking available and is probably one of the best historic sites in Richmond.

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Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Very informative but the displays were lacking professionalism; grammar/spelling mistakes, poor organization, and disappointing presentations. Still recommend a visit to learn more about an American icon.

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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's of ultimate satisfaction for Poe lovers to hear Poe's fabulous house (at least at that time) cracking, and his miserable life stories. btw. The entrance is kinda hard to find.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My 14 year old son is studying Poe and has found his work to be very interesting and wanted to learn more about him. We had a family trip to Pennsylvania planned and decided to stop in Richmond on the way back to South Carolina so we could visit the museum. It's a small museum, but it gave our son... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is small and won't take much time to see. That being said, its a great little museum. The garden outside is very pretty when in full bloom. I enjoyed my time visiting here.

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Madison, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

They have several letters and publications in Poe's handwriting and a lot of great artifacts from his lifetime. It was also interesting that this house is the oldest in Richmond.

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103 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I've visited the Poe museum/home in Baltimore, and the Poe museum in Philadelphia. This one is BY FAR the best. They have an great collection of artifacts, including his bed, some of his clothing, his desk, a photograph of him that belonged to his first fiancé, and several publications in his own handwriting. Be clear, Poe never lived in this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My wife and I are Poe fans. Not huge where we light black candles and recite his works in our Morticia and Gomez attire but we appreciate his ability. The museum is pleasant although it is a bit lacking in grounds. It is essentially a home that has been converted to a showplace for different items from the author's time.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

First of all, I found the museum and the old building itself interesting and I'm glad to have taken it in. They we getting ready to host a wedding which apparently is popular around Halloween. The courtyrad was full of things for the wedding which really detracted from the experience and even one of he minor rooms was closed. The... More 

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