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“Good literary history site, museum in which there is local pride”

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
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Richmond's Shockoe Bottom Segway Tour
Ranked #14 of 176 things to do in Richmond
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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.
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Interesting museum layout with charming garden. Best exhibit for literary Poe is in the Memorial Building, which now includes some signage from a prior Poe exhibit at the Library of Virginia that nicely points out Poe's role in ending a literary mandate on "happy endings." We visited this time to see Haunts of Richmond's "Hop Frog" exhibit, a nifty storytelling exhibit with dioramas similar to old-fashioned holiday narrative store windows. Pleased to see that the museum is making frequent changes to its temporary exhibits; however, it can be hard to catch them all, especially when opening/closing dates are not easily advertised. It was as crowded as we have seen it on the September Saturday we visited--not bad for touring, just doing a good business. Low $5-6 entry fee. Very convenient to Virginia Holocaust Museum, Canal Walk (and boat cruises).

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Very informative and entertaining museum highlighting the life of one or Richmond's most creative residents. Also offers "Ghost Tours" although the "ghost guide" we got was not terribly polished in his delivery and didn't capture the ambience of a very "active" paranormal area!

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

It was a learning experience for me, good information about the poet and the way he lived. The garden is relaxind and peacful. The area also has good mexican restaurant called la bamba which has great tacos...

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

There was a lot to learn abour Edgar Allan Poe. They had some nice artifacts. The staff were very nice. The museum is not very big, but still worth the stop.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

My trip to the east coast was based around Poe. Going to the Poe house in Baltimore has long been on my bucket list. It's small but authentic. I traveled to Richmond just to see the Poe museum and I was disappointed. He didn't live there, he didn't visit there. All the houses he did inhabit in Richmond have disappeared, so they have this one as a kind of replica. The grounds are beautiful. Really beautiful and I could see why someone would want to get married there. It just doesn't have a Poe vibe. There are several buildings housing Poe era "things" and some great information but if you want to be where Poe was (and still is) you have to go to Baltimore. The gift shop was average. I bought a shirt but really all of it you can find online including at the Unemployed Philospher's Guild. The two girls working in the shop lacked enthusiasm as they took money and checked their blackberries. It was just disappointing.

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