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Edward Gorey House

8 Strawberry Lane | Yarmouth Port, MA | Official website
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John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons
  • Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Edward Gorey's name might not ring a bell immediately, but his drawings sure will. His more recognizable works include the macabre alphabet in "The Gashlycrumb Tinies"and the illustrated edition of T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" as well as illustration and design credits on Broadway and PBS. So if you love this distinct illustrator, you'll enjoy a tour of his home in Yarmouth Port, located along the Mid Cape.

According to past visitors, if you are a Gorey fan, this quirky museum is must-see. Travelers say that the museum offers a glimpse into the life of Gorey, along with eclectic personal items and informative tour guides. 

Peppered with old school papers and other intimate documents, the Gorey House is also called the "Elephant House" (though sources don't agree on the specific reason for the nickname). Tours are led by docents and friends of the late artist himself, which past visitors said adds a unique personal connection to the famed illustrator.

Located off Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, the Edward Gorey House is open from mid-April through December, with varied visiting hours and days from week to week. From July 1 to October 11, the museum welcomes visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12; entry is free for guests younger than 6. For more information, consult the Edward Gorey House website.

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