Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • StefanieMD_69
    Souderton, Pennsylvania188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if in the area
    Really enjoyed this little place. I love that they have an audio tour, you move at your own pace, the artifacts are wonderful, and so much formation I did not know! The gift shop has great stuff. The price is comparable to what you are offered. They have a lower price for those on SNAP! This is amazing as history and information should be accessible to all. Well done!!!!! I say it is a must visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • roverekids
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick and Quaint Poe Museum
    Quaint small museum. I was under the impression that the museum included Poes house. This is not the case. The exhibits do include personal artifacts but the buildings do not include his home. The self guided tour took a solid 30 mins to read the descriptions of exhibits and take photos. The garden was lovely with a bust that seem to double as a shrine. Parking was limited. Gift shop had cute souvenir options and books. I personally purchased a book written by the museum curator. Would recommend for a quick stop.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Amy Lou
    Altoona, Pennsylvania180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value.
    This museum is worth the $10 adult fee and has lots of neat artifacts and wonderful courtyard garden. It’s got an audio tour and a little map and it’s self guided. There was also a group there when we visited that had a tour guide (which may be an additional cost) They also have a nice gift shoppe. If you are a Poe fan, definitely visit this museum.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • The Jeff fam
    Reading, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!!!
    If you're a Poe fan, this is a must! Cute, informative, priced well. Took our daughter there since she is a HUGE Poe fan. She loved it and so did we. There is an audible tour for your phone with helpful, albeit drawn out, information. The garden is beautiful and they have special pricing for military, aaa, etc. Very nicely done!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Cheri D
    Yardville, New Jersey453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice self-guided tour
    Nice self- guided tour of this small Poe museum for Poe aficionados. You can take your time and browse 2 floors with a number of Poe artifacts. The gardens in the courtyard are lovely and can be rented out for small functions, and of course, there is a small bookshop. Although Poe did not live here, it is worth a stop. He was only a kind of guard here for a prominent official when there were important visitors. Poe did live about a couple blocks down from the house. If you take one of Richmond's interesting ghost tours, you will learn that the museum is allegedly haunted by him.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Lauren R
    Gulf Shores, Alabama119 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I can say I have been
    It was an interesting place. I did enjoy the museum. The buildings are very small but they are historical. It was interesting to see, and for being on the smaller side, they have a nice museum. It was difficult to find the parking, but in other places I went in richmond I had issues finding where things were located if you did not take the way the city expects u to. If you are in to Poe or just need something quick to do, it's fun.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Marie
    Los Angeles, California2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look
    Small museum, but full of very interesting artifacts, not only about Poe but time period as well. Has a very 'Poe' feeling even if he didn't actually live in the house. It is worth a stop in Richmond for any one interested in Edgar Allan Poe.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 16, 2023
  • aavct90
    Simsbury, Connecticut276 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Ok
    I am a huge Poe fan and was very much looking forward to this visit. Do I think it was worth the $10 price tag. Not really. I am impressed with some of the artifacts they have (such as a childhood bed), but was expecting to learn more about him as a person and artist. I think I would have learned more from reading a book. We were in and out within half an hour. Also, the restroom was not the cleanest. I would suggest skipping unless you are a devotee of his works.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
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Mika E
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have visited this museum three times (2012, 2016, and recently 2020). The first two times were great. The staff at the front desk was very friendly and the museum shop was nice. The objects and labels were a bit unorganized and over the museum, but I still enjoyed the self-guided tour and the atmosphere of the entire museum. There are three buildings and you can go inside each room that covers different time periods and themes about Poe.
During my recent visit in February 2020, I joined the guided tour. The guide was very informative and you can tell that he is very passionate about Poe's life and his writings. It was great for the first few minutes. But then, he went on and on talking about almost everything he knew about Poe. We were trapped in a small stuffy room with crowded people, and doors completely shut. (The guide kept asking the visitors to close the door.) I needed some fresh air after 50 min being trapped inside the room and left the crowd. When I left the building, I saw a group of other visitors waiting to get inside the building. He was talking for too long that he kept other visitors who was not in the tour wait outside. The guide is great, but he wouldn't stop talking. It would be great if he was giving a lecture but not at a museum. I understand that Poe's life is interesting and it's hard to pick only a few works in Poe's lifetime, but I wish the guide would watch the time or engage with the visitors.
Also, the museum used to have discounts for students. Not anymore.
Written February 17, 2020
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Shirley W
New Kent, VA189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My daughter's instructor in college made Edgar Allan Poe come alive (so thankful for great teachers) so we decided to visit the Poe Museum on a beautiful day! We scheduled our visit around the guided tour schedule and I am glad we did! Our tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. It was fun to ask random questions and get the answers! Having said that, if you already have a decent knowledge of Poe, I feel certain the self-guided tour will work well for you. As an aside to this review, we walked to Station 2 for lunch and were very pleased with our meal. We were also easily within walking distance to access the Canal sidewalk. What a fun girls' day!
Written March 18, 2020
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Annette
virginia186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We reserved our tickets online. They can be used for up to a year. There is parking beside the buildings. You will have a timed entry so as to control the number of people going thru the museum at once. They try to clean the high touch areas between groups.

We didn't know a lot about Poe so we found it interesting. The buildings are old and part of Richmond that is long gone. There is not a lot of information about Poe but enough.

The garden areas are nice and a place to sit while you wait your turn.
Written December 2, 2020
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Julie Underwood
Indianapolis, IN15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I think most of us have some idea of Poe’s story. I was so pleasantly wrong! The museum is set up beautifully and holds so much memorabilia! You can tell the museum is passionate about Poe and wanting the public to know as much as they can. After being there during learning he wrote more than macabre poems - my friend and I downloaded some of his detective novels for the drive home!
Written May 16, 2021
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hookheath
Forest City, NC54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We stopped here because we love his writing but learned so much from this visit, I think we have to go back. They have a small but truly amazing museum devoted to his life and writing that if you visit the area, plan a visit. Use the app they provide for your phone to guide you as you move from room to room. It was a tremendous visit
Written August 30, 2021
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Laura H
Palm Harbor, FL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had not visited this Edgar Allan Poe museum for 30 years , back when I taught American literature in Chesapeake. Back then, my Husband was able bodied and we spent a lovely afternoon touring the Richmond Edgar Allan Poe museum.
Fast forward 30 years later& my Husband, now in a wheelchair, and I are in the middle of an epic road trip and the opportunity presented itself to relive our youth and spend the exact same afternoon in Richmond. We dropped in with no forewarning and the Edgar Allan Poe museum staff made us feel so entirely welcomed. Particularly, a woman who goes by the initials ADP (or ATP). She went out of her way to move portable ramps around so we could see everything on the first floor of each of the buildings (which encompassed so much great information ) We were not rushed; we felt so welcomed (not like a bother), and the museum is so informative and interesting— well worth the stop. This is a small but thorough museum, thoughtfully arranged from Poe’s childhood to early adulthood to Poe’s death. Highly recommend plus if you are a cat lover, there are two bonus beautiful black cats on the premises!
Thank you ADP/ATP for a memorable and absolutely lovely afternoon in your museum and garden. Your kindness,and your beautiful museum, will be remembered.
Written September 19, 2021
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Wander.Adventure.Escape.
Chattanooga, TN59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I really enjoyed this short but interesting journey. I've read a lot on the Life of Poe and his strange existence. This museum puts a really tangible experience behind the enigma of his life and death. From the childhood bed he slept in to places he composed works, to keys to his mysterious passing, each piece of this small but interesting museum was stunning and felt like an appropriate place to honor such a man. The gardens and the gift shop also left nothing to want. I enjoyed the unique treasures so much, I ordered online additional prizes when I returned home! Also, the cats! Pluto and Edgar were awesome.
Written November 7, 2020
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Jennifer K
Duncansville, PA32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Poe House is interesting for any literary buff or Poe fan. The house itself is very small and tight, so they do limit occupancy. If you read each display carefully you may spend about 30-45 minutes in the entire museum. The gift shop had a nice assortment of items.
Definitely either take an Uber/Taxi or drive yourself and park on the street. I would NOT recommend walking to this location.
Written June 26, 2022
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Jo W
Berkhamsted, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I'm not a fan of Edgar Allen Poe but found this museum fascinating. What an interesting life he led! I liked the location (oldest house in Richmond), which gave the exhibit an additionally eerie atmosphere. The two resident black cats were a nice touch too. Poe's life story was well told as we travelled from one building to another. I love the fact that his history was as mysterious as his tales. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2022
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Staubes
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The museum has a very good layout that spans four buildings, which surrounds a nice courtyard. There are lots of interesting Poe items with easy to read descriptions. The self guided tour is educational, but not a chore and will keep your interest. Parking available.
Written February 16, 2020
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