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Edgar Allan Poe Museum
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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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was an interesting visit.
You can download a free mp3 if you scan a QR code to get a narrated tour of this museum.
The museum is dark and it gives you a sense of why Poe was so dark in his writing.
Enjoyable visit.

Visited February 2014
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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice little museum, interesting way to spend an hour”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

We were headed back from a weekend in Williamsburg and decided to stop and check out the museum. I thought it was a pretty decent museum, lots of information about Poe's life in the Richmond area, some pretty cool family heirlooms, etc. It's a small museum, you could easily do a pretty thorough tour in less than an hour.

A couple of warnings, though. First, watch your head going up any steps, especially if you're on the tall side. The steps are narrow, steep and my boyfriend about knocked himself out when he forgot to duck. There is a warning sign going down but not up.

Second, the museum is in desperate need of a good and thorough cleaning. I'm not kidding, if you have asthma or any kind of breathing issue, you may want to skip it. There is so much dust, mold and mildew, it makes it seriously hard to breathe. I have pulmonary hypertension, my son is allergic to mold and mildew and both of us walked out wheezing and with headaches. It is particularly bad in the "Exhibit" building. Even my boyfriend, who has none of these issues, was bothered by it.

This is not in any way meant to be negative, it is just meant to give people a heads up so they can be prepared.

All in all, though, it was a nice museum and I would recommend it to anyone who is a Poe fan.

Visited November 2013
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396 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This museum is small but packed with interesting information. I learned quite a lot about Poe. The staff there is great and very well versed about Poe and answered all our questions. Quite enjoyable.

Visited October 2013
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“If you are a Poe fan........”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a very Poeish atmosphere! Even though this is not his actual home, some of his furniture, clothes, and personal items are here. The grounds are very creepy and romantic....in a literary sense. If Poe didn't actually live here, he would have wanted to! There are some original manuscripts, which is cool. They have a small giftshop. The lady at the desk was super nice.

Visited October 2013
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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Inexpensive, yet still cool.”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

They have some cool artifacts, but unless you live-eat-breathe Poe, you will not find it to be stellar. They could turn it into a really special place, if they wanted to -- integrate more technology, have MUSIC in the buildings, etc. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the visit, but I didn't love it, either. For the price, I was entertained for an hour.

Visited September 2013
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