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Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

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Address: 203 N Amity St, Baltimore, MD 21223-2501
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+1 410-462-1763
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Edgar Allan Poe House, a National Historic Landmark, IS OPEN EVERY...

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.

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Tiny house, brief visit

If you're a Poe fan, definitely stop in. Just know that it's not in a wonderful neighborhood, and you will be there no more than 30 minutes. The docents were knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Livingston, New Jersey
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Livingston, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a Poe fan, definitely stop in. Just know that it's not in a wonderful neighborhood, and you will be there no more than 30 minutes. The docents were knowledgeable and pleasant. The teensy gift nook was cute--my kids each found something. Poe lived here less than 3 years, and you can only look into his room and walk... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There wasn't much to see here. The museum does not really represent Poe very well as much as gives homage to his short time in Baltimore. Yes, he lived in this space briefly, but his significant efforts did not occur here. If you are a huge fan, you would like this. Otherwise, I'd skip it and see his graves and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

I visited here on the opening of the restored house a while ago and felt his presence in the house. It is quite small which gives you a taste of what life was like in his day. Visit other sites like the grave yard at a church downtown. Look for signs listing other Poe Sites.

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baltimore
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

I was dragged here by my librarian sister who was visiting from out of town. Interesting to see how people lived in such small places way back when.

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St. George, Bermuda
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

The Poe house is about a 5 minute drive from the harbour and worth the visit. It really doesn't take long to go through the small house but you'll meet dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who are eager to talk to you about his life and the history of the house. Highly suggest.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The staff at the Poe's home in Baltimore is simply super nice and friendly. Thanks Trevor for the prescious information! We stopped on our way back from Washington. We appreciate that they do our best in promoting the museum, bringing people from all around the world there, breaking the isolation of the neighborhood. Grazie

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EdgarAllanPoeHouse, Director at Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for helping spread the word about us! We're thrilled you had such a great visit and hope to stay in touch via our Facebook page, and to welcome you back should you visit again in the future. We inspire lots of "Poe-ish" events and happenings in Baltimore! More 

Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The Poe House is just exceptional--a true labor of love between a single staff member and dedicated volunteers. It is very small--impossibly small--and really drives home the way that people of limited means lived in the early-min 19th-century. The guides were so knowledgeable and friendly. We only spent 15 minutes there ( plus another 10 outside trying to get picture... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

My brother the writer came to visit, wanted to see the house. First tip, the street signs directing you here are for cars trying to navigate the one way streets. If you walk, get the address and you will get there faster. The location is in the neighborhood featured in the HBO Series "The Wire" as "the low rises". Parts... More 

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EdgarAllanPoeHouse, Director at Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, responded to this review

Hi Kate, We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Poe's Baltimore and shared a bit about your experiences of Baltimore's literary history. Thank you! Yet we're curious about some details in your review, especially "that explains why you can't just open the door. A guard inside has to buzz everyone in." (What?!) Actually, unless the weather is awfully cold,... More 

McMurdo Station Antarctica
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

For those interested in Poe there is a lot of good information, a few artifacts, and an insight into the poet's life. Worth the visit. Many folks comment on the neighborhood as being "dodgy" it is in a urban environment of less privileged that is true. It is not scary. Homeless people may ask for money, but that happens in... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Not much here. Staff were very nice, tour was nice too. But it's just a restored house, even though it was Poe who lived here. We got more out of his gravesite to be honest with you.

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