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O. Henry Home & Museum

409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3705
+1 512-472-1903
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Certainly worth a visit if you are in Austin - close to all of the action too

If you have ever heard of O'Henry, you might have read one of his many short stories. I didn't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denton, Texas
"It looked like a good thing: but wait til I tell you"

The opening line to Ransom of Red Chief, one of O 'Henry's great stories. And the author's house... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Bruce M
McLean, Virginia
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Sydney Porter, the writer known as O. Henry, lived in this Victorian cottage from 1893 to 1895.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
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409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3705
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have ever heard of O'Henry, you might have read one of his many short stories. I didn't know that he had an Austin history. I won't go through all the things the docent might tell you but he had a colorful history and...More

Thank PKDenton
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The opening line to Ransom of Red Chief, one of O 'Henry's great stories. And the author's house is a great little stop. Takes as short or as long as you want. The docent, Graham, is very, very, very knowledgeable on O Henry. Terrific stories....More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We stayed at the Hilton and saw this building so went to check it out. The day we were there they were having an anniversary for O'Henry. They had a cannon fire as a re-enactment and had free cake. It took all of 5 minutes...More

Thank Cruise_it_up
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Quite small house, but the docent was knowledgeable and interesting. She told us about O Henry's life before writing. There were reproductions of his periodical The Rolling Stone. I had never heard of it, but it contained short jokes and funny anecdotes. This was one...More

Thank jengland46
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We all love O. Henry short stories. It’s particularly interesting to learn about the man behind those stories. It seems he was pretty colorful and the museum does a good job of telling his story. I found the docent difficult to hear and hard to...More

Thank Dale P
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent reception by the volunteers who gave us a very interesting summary of William Sydney Porter's Austin days. Lots of memorabilia and furniture from the 1880's. The museum is located in Brush Square across the street from the Hilton Austin. It is a place one...More

Thank Ntrekker
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I have always enjoyed O' Henry stories so when I saw he had home in Austin I just had to go. I was the only one there at the time so the young lady gave me the tour. Told about the family and the time...More

Thank EWR1
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Very small. Nothing to do but the girl gave us some great info about the museum and history of Henry. It's 3 rooms with artifacts from that period of his life. It is air conditioned inside so it's a nice stop to get out of...More

Thank SidB_atl
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Such a pleasant surprise! Don't let the size of the house fool you. There is much to see, hear and learn for both the veteran fans of O.Henry and newbies. The docents are enthusiastic to share their knowledge. 'Was pleased to support with a donation...More

Thank hopscotcher33
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We stopped in while walking by to go to the Visitor Center. It is open limited hours so we were lucky. It is FREE. Let the docent tell you a short story (no pun intended) about the author's life. There are only 4 rooms but...More

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