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“interesting little place”

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
Ranked #66 of 247 things to do in Baltimore
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Edgar Allan Poe House, a National Historic Landmark, IS OPEN EVERY THURSDAY TO SUNDAY (11am to 3:40pm.) Poe's home is in an excellent state of preservation with much of the exterior and interior original fabric from the 1833-1835 period when Edgar lived there with his aunt, grandmother and two cousins. While the house is not furnished, visitors walk on the same floors, stairs and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Edgar experienced when he lived in this house, the very place where he launched his renowned career. (Note: the house is a short walking/driving distance to Poe's grave, and about three miles from where he died, so it is an easy tour to complete on your own in an afternoon.) Exhibits tell the story of Edgar Allan Poe's life and death in Baltimore and significant artifacts such as Edgar's portable writing desk and chair, and a telescope, china and glassware used by Edgar when living with the Allan family in Richmond, Virginia. Changing exhibits and tours are scheduled from time to time. Poe Baltimore is an affiliate of the American Writers Museum. To learn more about our many special events and interesting facts, become a fan on Facebook: Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum / Poe Baltimore. An Important Note to Visitors: There are no restroom facilities in the House and Museum (though we can recommend nearby facilities.) The House is not accessible to handicapped visitors but a video tour will be available on this website and at the Museum. The House is small with tight winding staircases and may not be suitable for all visitors.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is in a rough neighgborhood, so taxi or uber, and use one that really knows the area, because with construction its hard to find, small, but cool, great gift shop, and make sure and ask to see annabelles room, which is kind of a loft, that is not always open. Also , one fo the upstairs rooms has quotes from other authors who took inspiration from poe...., very cool for the literary fans

Thank Justin W
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

The site is a very small house made into a museum. There isn't a lot to see, but what is there is interesting and the people are great. I had very interesting and informative conversations with each person there and would definitely suggest fans of Poe to check it out.

As some have said, it isn't in the best part of town--although there are definite signs that the area is being improved. The staff states that they have never had any issues with the people in the neighborhood. My friend and I went early in the day and walked from this site to Poe's grave about a mile away with no problems. I will admit that I would have been more wary later in the day/evening.

Thank DeeAnnB
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Poe only lived here about 2 years, but Baltimore claims him as their own. The tiny row house was rescued from demolition in the 30’s when the surrounding housing project was built. Tall people beware-steep staircases and low ceilings! It is an easy walk from the downtown and there is a lot of construction nearby. Really, only the last 2 blocks near the house are sketchy; no one bothered me.

Thank Laurie M
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Like others have said, this is a very rough area of the city. We visited the grave site and wanted to walk to the house. The closer we got to the house, the more uncomfortable I felt. There are some rough areas, so I would recommend driving. I don't get too nervous in many areas and I travel a lot, but this was one of the areas that did make me nervous. The museum itself was closed when we arrived, so I can't comment on that.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We are in the area for a short time and wanted some quick site seeing things to do. We went here and loved it. It’s a small house but totally worth going to see if you’re a fan of Poe. Great little gift shop and the pricing is totally affordable. Parking was pretty easy we parked about 300 feet up the street and just walked from there. Definitely recommend doing.

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