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Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, Baltimore

(3.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My brother the writer came to visit, wanted to see the house. First tip, the street signs directing you here are for cars trying to navigate the one way streets. If you walk, get the address and you w...  more »
  • For those interested in Poe there is a lot of good information, a few artifacts, and an insight into the poet's life. Worth the visit. Many folks comment on the neighborhood as being "dodgy" it is in ...  more »
  • Not much here. Staff were very nice, tour was nice too. But it's just a restored house, even though it was Poe who lived here. We got more out of his gravesite to be honest with you. 
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  • This place deserves to be recognized. The location is incredibly telling about the psychology of Edgar Allan Poe. "A man's home". Any lover of literature has an opportunity here of seeing into the mind of Poe. You'll see what I mean when you visit! I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
  • I didn't get to go inside because it was closed on the Sunday I went. I'm giving it 4 stars because even if I did go inside, the house is tiny. I can't imagine the place being more than a twenty minute tour. The neighborhood looks bad. I know a hood when I see a hood and this house is definitely located in the hood so lock your doors and beware of your surroundings. It's really cool to see where he lived and imagine yourself as being there during the years he was living here. I do recommend it, just warning you it's not a nice neighborhood. I drove to this neighborhood. A friend told me many people who walk to this side of town get mugged or messed with.
  • This is a very interesting place. I highly suggest paying the 2 dollars for the "self-guided" tour. Although they say self guided, there are people on each floor that give you LOADS of info about the history or the location. The neighbor hood is a bit sketchy, but I did not feel uncomfortable for one second parked on the the street.
  • Very quaint, well kept up. The volunteers are very nice!
  • Very interesting site to visit in Baltimore. Ask for the guide of where to go after you leave the house. Great little tour guide of sites to visit after leaving the house.