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Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, Baltimore

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3.2/5 based on 100 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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  • You pay $5 and enter to a 10 minutes self guided tour to the POE house, the part of the house that is open to the public is half of it. Not much to see but if you like POE, visit and support this plac...  read more »
  • I really liked this place, I took a ton of pictures, and I felt in awe of the presence of where this guy once worked and lived. Its a very old house so its small with narrow passageways, lots of stair...  read more »
  • We were in Baltimore for a few days and this attraction was only about a mile from our hotel. We went on a Sunday and took a cab. Neighborhood definitely is rough but it was quiet that day. Be warned,...  read more »
  • 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.
  • A tiny gem in Baltimore. If you're a fan of Poe it is a must-see. The surrounding area might seem intimidating to some, so assess your own level of comfort and if you decide walking there isn't for you, take a cab. That said, when I went there was a cop car parked right across the street from it keeping an eye on things.
  • 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.
  • This is a really nice historical building if you want to see where Poe lived, they also have a little gift shop. The staff is very friendly and will answer all your questions.
  • Such a small house. Visit the house and the neighborhood and you will have better understanding of poe's masterpieces.
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