Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, Baltimore

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The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, located at 203 North Amity St. in Baltimore, Maryland, is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe in the 1830s. The small unassuming structure, which was opened as a writer's house museum since 1949, is a typical row home. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.Due to a loss of funding by the city of Baltimore, the Museum closed to the public in October 2012. Poe Baltimore, the Museum's new governing body, reopened the Museum to the public on October 5, 2013HistoryThe brick home, then numbered 3 Amity St., and now numbered 203 North Amity Street, is assumed to have been built in 1830 and rented by Poe's aunt Maria Clemm in 1832. Clemm was joined in the home with her ailing mother, Elizabeth Cairnes Poe, and her daughter Virginia Clemm. Edgar Allan Poe moved in with the family in 1833 around the age of 23, after leaving West Point. Virginia was 10 years old at the time; Poe would marry her three years later, though their only public ceremony was in 1836. Poe lived in the house from about 1833 to 1835.The house was rented using pension money that Elizabeth collected thanks to her husband, David Poe Sr., who was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. The home is small and Poe's room on the top floor has a ceiling with a sharp pitch which is six feet high at its tallest point.
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you love Poe or just a great literature affectionato, this is a must visit. The ranger and volunteers have a wealth of information and knowledge they are eager to share.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    A cool look at part of the life of Poe. The staff were very kind and informative and the gift shop had neat unique things to purchase.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Amazing that it is so tiny! The "ranger" on the 2nd floor was full of a ton of information --- VERY informative. The steps are super steep so if you have a stroller, wheelchair, bad knees -- not the b...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    First things first, please remember that this is a historic building. It's very small-- for reference, I'm just over 5 foot tall and very thin, and I fit perfectly in the stairways and rooms without having to duck. You may not be so lucky, but you'll probably be alright if your group is small and you are very patient. It's also not fitted with central air, so when it's hot out you may want to avoid going in. They have fans and such scattered throughout, and I'm used to not having AC, so I was comfortable but another person there got a little ill, so be careful. There's no dedicated parking as it is in a residential area, but you can find on-street parking pretty close with low rates (I seriously have never seen parking rates that low) and the meters accept cards. The place is small, as mentioned before, and so there isn't a lot to explore inside-- but the people inside are so knowledgeable that it almost doesn't matter. There are signs on the wall with very detailed information about the area, what it probably looked like when Poe lived there, and neat insights about Poe and his relatives. The gift shop is so sweet, and it's definitely worth the time to visit if you're in the area or a big Poe fan. Best of all, Poe's grave is nearby. It's pretty much walking distance, and it's beautifully kept. Bring some pennies to leave at his tombstone, but be cautious when walking around because the graves aren't all obvious. The details on many of the other stones, particularly some of the farther back ones, are extremely interesting. Also there are some things in the site that are kind of hidden-- tucked under buildings or obscured by bushes and the like. Definitely a good way to follow up a visit to the Poe House.
  • May 3, 2017
    First, fragile white folks, the neighborhood is fine. We didn't feel threatened or at all in danger. Good Lord, people, spend a few more minutes away from suburbia; it would do you good. The museum itself is great. Honestly, it's mostly just a tiny house, but the volunteer staff are AMAZING. The tiny house itself, and the various artifacts and the quotes on the wall are cool. But the staff make it worth the trip. They're full of knowledge--including stories much less well known--about Poe and his family. As others have indicated, they also know a good bit about Baltimore and the surrounding area, and gave us some great tips for other sights to see and things to do. And they're eager to take questions and make the experience personal. I highly recommend it. Buy some stuff in the little gift shop too, so that this work is supported and can continue. They've got a good collection of Poe-worthy (interesting and slightly odd) memorabilia.
  • July 8, 2017
    Interesting peak into the past. Small home, with only a few rooms to see, but interesting. Staff members in most rooms provide interesting information and stories
  • June 27, 2017
    Favorite author and poet. Small house, but worth the trip. Baltimore MD best kept secret.
  • March 18, 2017
    I was so excited to see the home that Poe lived in. It still had some of the original furniture and decor which was awesome to see. I always loved his books with his dark poetry. It's worth the drive to check it out. You can also go from there into Baltimore to see his grave. Get directions from the staff at Poe's home.

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