Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

#12 in Best Things To Do in Baltimore
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203 North Amity St.

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Step inside the this brick house-turned-museum on 203 Amity St., 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 – now a National Historic Landmark  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.

Recent visitors said the house was well-preserved, and they appreciated the knowledgeable and friendly docents. However, some were disappointed that the rooms were mostly empty and not filled with period decor.

The Edgar Allan Poe House is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the museum costs $8 for adults; children ages 12 and younger may enter for free when joined by an adult. Tickets are available on-site, and you can check out the attraction's website for full details on exhibits and hours. 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 (including the free Charm City Circulator); take the orange line to stop No. 210. Street parking is also available; there are limited nearby parking garages.

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