"I had walled the monster up within the tomb!"

Described as horrifying, mystifying, and brilliant, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the world. The six years Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s illness. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Learn more about the man behind the pioneering literature.

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Literary Innovator

Edgar Allan Poe pioneered multiple genres of literature.

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Photos and Multimedia

Find images of Edgar Allan Poe and see photos of his home and the adjoining exhibit area.

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Poe's Philadelphia

When Poe arrived in Philadelphia, he found a city in transition, but also a city full of intellectual and recreational opportunities.

Exterior photo of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, a three-story brick building.

The site is located about a mile from Independence Hall. It is currently closed for a utilities improvement project.

Last updated: July 8, 2024

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143 S. 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106



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