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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

1914 East Main Street, Richmond, VA
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Edgar Allan Poe Museum
  • Type: Museums, Tours
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.5)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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This museum on Main Street (located just outside the town's aptly named "Museum District") is perfect for people with a passing interest in Edgar Allan Poe. More ardent fans of the writer's work might find themselves disappointed at the limited exhibits, however. As one tells TripAdvisor: "All in all we felt that we did [not] gain any knowledge about EAP by visiting this museum. Spend your time elsewhere."

This site does earn kudos for its ambience. TripAdvisor tourists with a good sense of humor suggest you "come in winter if you can, as the atmosphere of Gothic melancholy is turned all the way up to eleven. The grump[y], underfed, socially handicapped staff enhances the mood." You can view some of Poe's childhood items, an illustrated chronicle of "The Raven" poem and first editions of some of his short stories as they appeared in era newspapers. The museum's setting, in Richmond's Old Stone House, is close to Poe's home and his place of employment, the Southern Literary Messenger.

The Poe Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission ranges from $5 to $6, dependent on age. Visit the official website for more information.

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