When he wasn't bulking up for wrestling matches or tending to his army of bees, Edgar Allan Poe had a steady side gig as a poet. Learn more about Poe's literary history with today's Groupon: for $3, you get admission for one (valued at $5 for students and seniors, $6 for adults) to the Poe Museum, located in the Old Stone House in Richmond.
Opened in 1922, the Poe Museum lets literary groupies observe the Gothic writer's original manuscripts and personal belongings. Take the museum's self-guided tour for a close-up view of photographs, furniture, and fine art connected to Poe's life. Artifacts include Poe's walking stick, which still displays the inscription of his name on its silver tip; a manuscript of Poe's fanciful and embellished autobiography, which claims he fought in the Greek War of Independence; and Poe movie posters, action figures, and other memorabilia of 1840s Edgar-mania. Before leaving, stroll through the Enchanted Garden, a museum staple that's inspired by the gardens depicted in Poe's writings.
Those unfamiliar with the author of "The Raven", Die Hard 2, and "The Tell-Tale Heart" can become acquainted with the short-story master at the Poe Museum, which illuminates Poe's life and time in Richmond in lively detail. Teach poetry-deprived students the lyrical prose and compelling fiction of an author that some call "America's Shakespeare" and others dub the “James Joyce of Pangaea."
The museum is closed on Mondays.
- A few months ago my family and I went to the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia and had an amazing time. – arsfartsy101, TripAdvisor
- Even if you're not a Poe fanatic, this is definately [sic] worth an hour of your time – Alizapedsem, TripAdvisor
- If you appreciate literature, then this place is a must to see. – Robin W., Yelp
Edgar Allan Poe holds a distinguished reputation in American literature, given his proclivity for dark work, such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” But the Poe of legend is often at odds with the real Poe: the student who had to gamble and burn his furniture to make it through college; the career man who traveled extensively to find better opportunities; and the devoted husband who never recovered from the death of his wife. He even enrolled at West Point … though he was thrown out eight months later.
The Poe Museum educates guests on the writer's life, helping them reconcile the reputed Poe with the real Poe. Located within the Old Stone House that lies just blocks from Poe's first Richmond home and his first employer, the Southern Literary Messenger, the museum showcases exhibits and significant artifacts, such as Poe's walking stick, his boyhood bed, and even a lock of his hair. This collection reveals his journey, showing what drove him to become a master writer of short stories, lyric poetry, action-movie screenplays, and, of course, horror stories.
1914-16 E Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23223Get Directions