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EDGAR  ALLAN POE MUSEUM             804-648-5523
1914 East Main Street, Richmond, VA  23223 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Experience 19th century Richmond where Edgar Allan Poe lived and worked.  Virginia's only literary museum honors this great American Writer with the world's largest collection of Poe artifacts. The Old Stone House, built Circa 1737, is Richmond’s oldest structure, only blocks away from the sites of Poe's first Richmond home and first place of employment. The Museum includes exhibits on Poe's life and death, the "enchanted" courtyard garden (a popular location in Richmond to hold outdoor wedding ceremonies), and the Poe Shrine. Enjoy a guided tour, or sit and sip lemonade while you read your favorite Poe short story in the garden.

Link to self-guided tour map in PDF format.

PARKING:  1 wheelchair accessible parking space.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Gravel parking lot, cobblestone sidewalk.  Entrance to buildings connected by uneven cobblestone pathways of various widths.  Steps varying from 6-8 inches throughout garden and at each building entrance.

ENTRANCE:  Located Main Street.  2 exterior steps, one is 4 in. and one is 8 in. in height.  Glass entry doors, 36 in. wide, easily open out with clearly marked knob handle located 27 in. above floor.

PUBLIC REST ROOM:  At Carriage House.  Doors are 32 in. wide, open in.  Turns to enter.  No stall, one commode and one sink, handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height.  Sink height 34 in.  Pipes wrapped.  Checked regularly for obstructions.


For guests with mobility disabilities, The Poe Museum is a multi-building complex that includes one of Richmond’s oldest historic buildings. Most exhibits are wheelchair accessible, and staff are more than happy to assist you.

For guests with hearing disabilities,there are signing interpreters available with advance notice. 

For guests with visual disabilities, there are signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface.  Link to download audio tour in MP3 format. The audio tour contains 30 chapters which you can download in one zipfile of 55 MB or you can the individual download files.

GIFT SHOP:  Counters 24 in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs. Link to on-line store.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards V and MC.  Admission fee.  Hours:  10-5 Tu-Sat, 11-5 Sun. Closed: Mon. and these holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (Close at 2 pm), Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Guided tours usually offered daily at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

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