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“For anyone who ever read "The Raven"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
1914-16 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
804 648 5523
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Ranked #38 of 102 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites
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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.
Petach Tikva, Israel
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“For anyone who ever read "The Raven"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

Growing up in Baltimore, I was always taught that we had the monopoly on Edgar Alllan Poe since he was buried there. Imaging my surprise upon visiting this charming and very devoted museum to learn that his life was largely centered around Richmond. Although Poe never lived in this house, a great deal of time and energy has been devoted to acquiring his possessions and those of family members, to exploring Poe's history and connections with Richmond and the long-reaching effects of his writings, particularly on Hollywood. Even if you're not a Poe fanatic, this is definately worth an hour of your time

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“Rushed through”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

It's only five dollars, but we felt cheated by this museum. There are many artifacts, but we weren't allowed time to even read all the tags before they rushed us to the next room: Visitors aren't allowed to be alone in any of the rooms, apparently and our 'guide' pretty much ran us through the gauntlet like she was paid by how many people she could cram through. She wasn't friendly or helpful in any way. Maybe she was wanting her lunch. Another exhibit had much to read, but an audio track played the entire time we were there and made it impossible to concentrate on the written information. Then we were rushed out of that room, too, with no time to absorb the information or ideas. Finally we were allowed into a room with exhibits and left to read, but another tour group was brought up behind us and the guide stood and talked loudly enough to again, spoil the mood and ruin concentration. The spaces are very small so this many people in one room was crowded, hot and chaotic. Overall, very disappointing. Unless they change the way they do things, it's not really worth the $5.

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“Captures a bit of Richmond's literary and building history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

Great little site. Nice trip down history's business highway.

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“Quirky Fun”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

Housed in what is touted as the oldest building in Richmond, this museum features highlights from the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Entry is five dollars. You first enter a small gift shop and then proceed on a self directed tour. There are three buildings and a lovely, melancholy garden in the center. Each of the rooms holds memorabilia including his childhoodbed, someclothing, histrunk and notes and writings. Theoverall effect is dark and a bit sad.

I thought this museum provided a sense of what life was like back in Poe's days. It certainly was not a comprehenisve Poe collection but rather featured bits and pieces of his life. Each of the rooms was very, very small and four people constitutes a crowd. It only takes about an hour to tour the whole facility including sitting in the garden.There are limitations on photography and the staff, a young skiny man who bore an uncanny resemblance to Poe and a young black woman,is aloof.

I did learnsome things I did not know about Poe and found it touching in a strange sort of way. While it is unlikely that I will ever revisit this attraction, it does provide some quirky fun.

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colonial heights va
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“stay away”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

i took my daughter and 4 granchildren there while they were visiting here from pennsylvania.my daughter, even though an avid poe fan was very dissapointed.
1st and formost it is not handicapped accessible
2: no room for strollers, or electric scoooters ( rascals, jaazy's) etc.
3: it has 5 very small rooms and no more than 3 people can fit through the door at a time because the door ways are narrow.
the admission price is $ 5:00 so that adds up to a dollar a room.
no photography other than in the out-side garden.
not worth visiting at all!!!
BEWARE!!!

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