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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

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Address: 1914-16 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804 648 5523
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Description: Illustrations of the famous poem "The Raven" and numerous other artifacts...
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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An Amazing part of American History

The Poe Museum is a must stop for every one. This is a part of our history. Poe influenced our American literature as well as inspired other writers around the world. He didn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Poe Museum is a must stop for every one. This is a part of our history. Poe influenced our American literature as well as inspired other writers around the world. He didn't only write The Raven which everyone is well aware of, but he wrote about political and local issues as well. He wasn't a drunkard poet who got... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's a great little museum to Poe. He never lived in this house, however. Nevertheless, his spirit is definitely alive and well here in the city where he dwelled for so long. The curators have done a fine job and one gets a good overview of Poe's life, loves, and spectacular personal dramas. If you like Poe, don't miss it.

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Norfolk
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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 via mobile

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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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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