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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number:
+1 215-597-8780
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Fri - Sun 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other...

The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart here.

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Creepy, just like you'd want and expect!

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Edgar Allan Poe House is one of the most underrated sights in Philadelphia, likely due to its location off Spring Garden Street. The Tell Tale Heart was written here, and the house may have been the inspiration for The Black Cat. There's also a reading room where you can sit down and read Poe's works. Only problem is that... More 

Thank MrSaturn64
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is very informative and gets better with a tour of the house. The furniture has all been removed, but this allows you to use your imagination to what it might have looked like. The rooms are small, the stairs are steep and the cellar is dark. You can feel some inspiration for his writings. The best part come... More 

Thank jediknight101
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! So glad we went to see Edgar Allen Poe's house. Watch the movie and listen to all the interesting facts. The basement! I picked up a piece of pebble from the floor that look like it broke off the wall. I feel like there's a dark spirit in it. You can see how he was inspired to write his... More 

Thank Melissa M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

SEE the short video go to the basement and feel the spirit of the Poe the raven is still alive and the flavor of the house is just a wonderful adventure and worth the time spent....TPP comedy!!!!!!

Thank thomas p
Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Easy to see how Poe wrote such creepy stories. You would too if you lived in this house. There is a short video and then a quick self guided tour. The basement was so creepy I couldn't even go in it. The park rangers were great and we had a long talk with them. Learned a lot! Worth the cab... More 

Thank mja1982
Salisbury, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I are fans of Poe so when we were in Philly for a few days we walked there after visiting the Comcast Building. Phew! Long walk through some not so great areas. The outside of the house was being worked on upon arrival. The house is pretty empty. The documentary they show is informative and probably the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from the brick-walled basement with the eerie look and claustrophobic-like construction. Definitely watch the short film, take your time checking out building details and take the short tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The historic site is open every unti 5pm. Im surprised that this place is not fully advertised. We visited his tomb in Batimore, Im just so glad that I made it today to see where he lived.

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I visited the day of construction. Actually renovating the exterior. Wondering if it was open to the public that day, I was elated to find out it was. A few steps and you are in where a guard greets you and the tour guid to help you through the self guided tour. First up, a short video clip in a... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I'm a fan of Poe. It's a free self guided tour but you learn a lot about his life and lifestyle. I thought the way you tour the home was well laid out. I would have loved to leave a donation but didn't see a donation box. All 5 of us actually enjoyed this tour.

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