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The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Richmond

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  • There are a ton of interesting facts at this historic location. Walking around reading the captions below all the artifacts is certainly why this attraction is only $6. 
  • One of the first things you see are black cats that roam the grounds of the Museum in anticipation of some of what you will see during the visit: the eccentricity of Allan Poe. Recommend, but there's a lot to see.
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  • The House where the Museum is located, is the oldest House in Richmond. Poe never lived in this House. The Museum is made pretty, but not too much. A few original pieces of furniture of Poe, not much else. People who like Poe's stories, should look but. Admission is cheap, and it has House parking right in front. Also a good gift shop and friendly staff.
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  • First off, Poe did not live in this house, the Ege family did. So don't go in thinking it's his home, or you'll be disappointed. Poe did, however, live in this neighborhood. This house is the oldest house still standing in Richmond. So it's still a treat to be able to see the buildings on the lot. Each building is quiet, no music or even air flow. It can get awkward in a small room, with the door closed, and strangers around you. And you feel the need to speak really quiet, and almost not enjoy the surroundings because you don't want to bother other visitors. The museum holds actual artifacts/belongings of Poe and some reproductions. You are able to see his writing desk, mantle from his home, his bed, his first novel, clothing. Plenty of educational signs and they even offer an audio tour. I learned so much about his home and life, and his writings. It's actually a lot to take in for only $6 admission fee. No photographs in the buildings, but you can take photos in the main entry room and outside. You can spend up to an hour here or more if you read everything, take in the history, and enjoy the courtyard. (There are restrooms located outside in the courtyard, and no food or drink are allowed in the buildings.)
  • Very informative! The background of his family and life really helps you understand the man and his works. Will definitely be going to Unhappy Hour and can't wait to see Edgar and Pluto again!
  • This was a nice museum dedicated to Poe and the history of Richmond. I really enjoyed the house which had some of Poe's possession, like his socks and a lock of his hair collected after his death. The night I visited there was a celebration for Poe's birthday which was a fun accident to stumble upon. If you're a Poe fan I would definitely check it out.
  • We didn't take the guided tour. There is a lot of reading involved but it is all very informational. The buildings are historic. We enjoyed our time and will likely return to check out Unhappy Hour.
  • Stopped by while visiting Richmond. I certainly wouldn't call this a major attraction, but it was a cool piece of history and a great value for $6. Well worth it!
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