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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Address: 532 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3502
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+1 215-597-8780
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Hours:
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other...

The simple home where Edgar Allen Poe lived and wrote. Among other stories, Poe wrote The Tell-Tale Heart here.

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This is an unusual place for a historic site.

Tucked in what is considered the projects of Philly is this historic site. Personally the outside looks a little neglected and is only open on the weekends and closes an hour for... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
h0ylandm
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Chicago
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I fell in love with Poe when I was a teenager which made this site very much worth visiting. The Park Ranger was fantastic and we had a great discussion about the critical appraisal of Poe's amazing work. The house itself is not furnished since the NPS doesn't know how Poe furnished and unlike Poe they never mix fact and... More 

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Thank Mike M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While one could zip through this empty house in a matter of minutes, the true experience comes when you take your time and feel the walls—look out the windows—imagine what it must have been to be Edgar, or Maria Clemm, or Virginia living in this house. Poe haunts this house if you let him. He did a lot of his... More 

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Thank Daniel D
Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We always make an effort to visit National Park sites in cities that we visit. Poe is my favorite poet, so getting to see his house was amazing! Very nice and helpful rangers work there. Hours are very limited, so make they are open before walking up there.

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Thank Garfieldluvr
Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Tucked in what is considered the projects of Philly is this historic site. Personally the outside looks a little neglected and is only open on the weekends and closes an hour for lunch from 12-1PM. This tour is informative as you learn the back house is where he and the family actually lived and the "front" house was added years... More 

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Thank h0ylandm
Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

While you are in the Philadelphia area: this is a must see for all history & poetry enthusiast. Everyone goes to the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: but this is also worth a trip. As a national historical site: it is ran by the National Park Service. I believe it is only open limited days during the week. This is... More 

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Thank Greg B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

The Edgar Allan Poe House is one of the most underrated sights in Philadelphia, likely due to its location off Spring Garden Street. The Tell Tale Heart was written here, and the house may have been the inspiration for The Black Cat. There's also a reading room where you can sit down and read Poe's works. Only problem is that... More 

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Thank MrSaturn64
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The museum is very informative and gets better with a tour of the house. The furniture has all been removed, but this allows you to use your imagination to what it might have looked like. The rooms are small, the stairs are steep and the cellar is dark. You can feel some inspiration for his writings. The best part come... More 

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Thank jediknight101
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Wow! So glad we went to see Edgar Allen Poe's house. Watch the movie and listen to all the interesting facts. The basement! I picked up a piece of pebble from the floor that look like it broke off the wall. I feel like there's a dark spirit in it. You can see how he was inspired to write his... More 

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Thank Melissa M
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

SEE the short video go to the basement and feel the spirit of the Poe the raven is still alive and the flavor of the house is just a wonderful adventure and worth the time spent....TPP comedy!!!!!!

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Thank thomas p
Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Easy to see how Poe wrote such creepy stories. You would too if you lived in this house. There is a short video and then a quick self guided tour. The basement was so creepy I couldn't even go in it. The park rangers were great and we had a long talk with them. Learned a lot! Worth the cab... More 

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