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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

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Address: 532 North 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number:
+1 215-597-8780
09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Sun 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Creepy, just like you'd want and expect!

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Salisbury, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I are fans of Poe so when we were in Philly for a few days we walked there after visiting the Comcast Building. Phew! Long walk through some not so great areas. The outside of the house was being worked on upon arrival. The house is pretty empty. The documentary they show is informative and probably the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went on Halloween eve just for the association with EAP. Poe lived in this house for only a short time, but some of his best, scariest, unnerving short story ideas came from the brick-walled basement with the eerie look and claustrophobic-like construction. Definitely watch the short film, take your time checking out building details and take the short tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The historic site is open every unti 5pm. Im surprised that this place is not fully advertised. We visited his tomb in Batimore, Im just so glad that I made it today to see where he lived.

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I visited the day of construction. Actually renovating the exterior. Wondering if it was open to the public that day, I was elated to find out it was. A few steps and you are in where a guard greets you and the tour guid to help you through the self guided tour. First up, a short video clip in a... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I'm a fan of Poe. It's a free self guided tour but you learn a lot about his life and lifestyle. I thought the way you tour the home was well laid out. I would have loved to leave a donation but didn't see a donation box. All 5 of us actually enjoyed this tour.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The museum is a little out of the way but its worth the 30 min walk out of town. It's a free attraction and very interesting. While Poe only lived here for a short time, it contains a lot of history about his background and his works. The staff are really friendly and helpful- highly recommended.

Thank Natalie O
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We really enjoyed our recent visit to the Poe House. The park rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable. My children and I learned so much about Poe and other writers during our visit. Places like this are so important. Thank you park rangers for taking care of this important place.

Thank TopoftheMorning2025
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

It is not really visiting a house but the visit of a live documentary on what brought Edgar Allan Poe to the literature. He was the inventor of the detective fiction genre. His influence goes beyond the literature. The cinema with Alfred Hitchcock but also the books of Jules Vernes, Agatha Christie,... widely took back its themes and were adapted... More 

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