- Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Step inside the this brick house-turned-museum on 203 Amity Street, and you'll stumble upon a cornucopia of Poe pieces — from a telescope to a portable traveling desk — preserved from when Poe and his family resided in Baltimore from 1833 to 1835. The writer's former residence is also the location where historians believe Poe composed many of his famous poems and stories, including "MS. Found in a Bottle" and "To Elizabeth." There are also permanent and rotating exhibits that catalogue Poe's life, work and ties to Baltimore.
While some previous visitors say the house's location and compact size left something to be desired, literary buffs describe the house as "fascinating" and "well-preserved." According to one TripAdvisor user, "Although the house is quite small, it is packed with information about Poe and his life. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and their enthusiasm for Poe is contagious."
Though the Edgar Allan Poe House closes its doors from January to mid-May, self-led tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from late-May to late-December from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the museum costs $5 for adults; children ages 12 and younger may enter for free when joined by an adult. Tickets are available on-site or online. Before you plan your visit, keep in mind there are no restroom facilities or handicapped-accessible features, and the building's steep, narrow staircases can be tricky to navigate. If your primary mode of transportation is public transit, many buses depart from the Inner Harbor and service stops nearby the House. The No. 001 bus leaves the Inner Harbor and stops at the intersection of Fayette and Schroeder streets; from there, the museum is within 500 feet on Amity Street. Street parking is also available; there are limited nearby parking garages.
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