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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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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 2 weeks ago
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Denver, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Stamford, Connecticut
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
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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Salisbury, Maryland
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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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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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