Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Edgar Allan Poe House - Hideous Heart

One-time residence of the horror writer, run by the National Parks Service with tours narrated by amusing rangers.

Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site

532 N 7th St., Philadelphia, PA
Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site, N. 7th St. and Spring Garden St. On street parking.
F-Su 9-12, 1-5 (closed for lunch) (Call to verify)
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Edgar Allan Poe House - Hideous Heart

The heart under the floorboard of one of the third floor rooms is just hysterical! The house is actually tiny and has been attached to the neighbor's home for a great interpretative center. Admission is free and it is totally worth going north of center city to the northern liberties. There are many excellent restaurants in the area to complete a great afternoon!

[Kristin Deady, 01/15/2013]
Edgar Allan Poe House - Hideous Heart

This is one of the houses that Edgar Alan Poe Lived in. Its part of the National Park Service.

The house itself is mostly empty. But the Rangers have a sense of humor. Make sure you get a ranger to give you a tour (As opposed to a self guided tour. On the 3rd Floor there is a loose board, and in the floor is a plastic Heart ("The Tell Tale Heart") and the ranger makes a thumping sound before you find it.

[Howard, 06/02/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

The Shoe MuseumThe Shoe Museum, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
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The President's HouseThe President's House, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
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Bronze Bodies Emerge From Bronze Wall, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.

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