O. Henry Home & Museum
O. Henry Home & Museum
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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BillUsma74
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I’m married to an English Teacher. This was a must stop for her. We had learned a little about WS Porter at the Capitol Visitors Center which enhanced the visit. Doesn’t take long and there is some construction so approach off 5th street!
Written 24 January 2024
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Jamie d
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This was a nice quick stop on our walking tour of the city. We also stopped at the Alamo survivor museum next door. Both were free and very informative.
Written 30 September 2023
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN5,889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Wonderful free place to visit. Very welcoming staff. Small house/museum (4 rooms) with LOTS of information about his complicated life.
Written 23 June 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
You might know that the O. Henry Home & Museum in Austin, Texas, is the former residence of William Sidney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, the famed short story writer who authored such classics as The Gift of the Magi, The Ransom of Red Chief and The Last Leaf. But I'll bet you don't know that O. Henry's house at 409 East 5th Street also has been the home of the Pun-Off World Championship since 1978. The cottage, built in 1886 and rented by Porter between 1993 and 1895, is a simplified version of the Eastlake Style of architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The museum offers original furniture and decor from his time here as well as illustrations, sheet music and manuscripts by Porter, including a "lost" story under another pen name and his first professional commission which consists of 27 hand-drawn illustrations which were originally made to accompany the memoirs of Joseph T. Dixon, a miner who had spent several years prospecting in the Rocky Mountains. In 2015, the museum published the "lost" story by Porter, written under the pen name Del Oliver. It reveals an alcoholic's decent into madness. The book, featuring original illustrations by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent, is on display with Porter's original, hand-written manuscript. The museum is open from noon to 5 Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Meanwhile, the museum hosts the Pun-Off World Championship every May. It is a yearly spoken word competition where fans of wordplay gather to celebrate the pun, which is described as "the lowest and most groveling kind of wit." It also is defined as a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings...as in "a boiled egg every morning is hard to beat."
Written 21 March 2023
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ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Definitely worth going in. And interesting telling of O. Henry’s life with enough sordid details to make it interesting and not so much it seems lurid. The reading room is a nice touch. Some great artifacts. It is right next to the Susanna Dickinson Museum which is also worth going in and also by donation.
Written 9 March 2020
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TallyHoHoHo
San Antonio, TX1,176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I always enjoyed my visits to O.Henry. It's a nice respite of memories in the big city of Austin. Definitely worth the stop.
Written 5 March 2020
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Donald W
Frisco, TX402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Whether you enjoy O. Henry’s written work or just love a great story, the O. Henry Museum will interest you. The man eventually come to be known as O. Henry was someone who took years to find himself and ventured...fell unwittingly?...into crime along the way. The life story of the author of The Gift of the Magi will fascinate you, and the museum provides friendly, knowledgeable staff that makes sure you get as many fascinating details as you’d like. The museum, located in downtown Austin right next to the Susanna Dickinson Museum, is another historical gem. It’s very well organized and free!
Written 10 August 2019
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glolilly
Texas39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I felt good to come inside this house and hear the story of a family and get posters as well. I saw amazing furniture and clothing worn by the family. I would go again. It's like I stepped back into their time for a moment.
Written 8 January 2019
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honduras77
Honduras145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
It has been a while, but from what i remember it was a very interesting place.
Kind of small, yet a lot to look at.
Written 20 October 2018
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Higglepop
Salt Lake City, UT22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
It's a small house but it has a lot of info. It was really interesting to learn about a part of O Henry's history. The guide was helpful and really nice. And they only ask for donations. Definitely worth the 30-40 minute stop.
Written 12 October 2018
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