The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA is one of those museums I always SAY I am going to visit and it kept getting pushed down the list. Tickets are under $10 and it’s only 90 minutes from my home so it’s kind of ridiculous I have never done it. So I met my friends A and B (yep their real initials) in Richmond and we went to check it out!
Outside the Poe Museum Richmond
The museum is located in a really nice section of Richmond. I arrived before my friends so I stuck my head in the museum lobby to ask about places to eat nearby. I was directed to Station 22 and I recommend the bean burger. One of the big perks of the museum is they have their own parking (free with admission) and since my car was loaded with my suitcase I was thankful.
Even from the outside of the museum you can tell they have fully embraced the theme. I loved all the signs with the ravens and the use of black and white.
The museum’s buildings are several smaller stone structures that are one of the oldest former homes in Richmond (most like it were destroyed by war). The home is not somewhere Poe lived (that’s the OTHER Poe museum) but they are sure he was there when he served in the military so it has a personal connection.
The view from the street of a side building.
Some fun Poe inspired artwork over the windows!
Inside the Poe Museum Richmond Courtyard
Once you walk inside the lobby they immediately direct you to the courtyard to buy your tickets and also warn you about the museums two inhabitants- Edgar and Pluto. They are beautiful black cats who hang out pretty much where ever they want to. Both were very willing to purr in exchange for petting and gave lots of love.
This was Edgar. He is much friendlier than he looks.
This was Pluto. He was strutting his stuff for us in the courtyard but also stopped to be petted.
The Courtyard was lovely and I was not surprised to see a wedding rehearsal beginning when we left.
Poe was also there to take pictures!
If you are looking for something else to do in the Richmond area check out Visiting The Metro Richmond Zoo!
Inside the Poe Museum
I won’t spoil everything inside but it was an amazing collection of items. For someone who wasn’t famous in his time quite a few things were kept.
They space out entry into the museum so everyone is not in the rooms at the same time. Our tour began at 3 p.m. and we were finished about 4:15.
I highly recommend if you enjoy Poe’s work to check out The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. The museum was great and the gift shop had tons of fun items in it. They also have some educational opportunities if you are interested in doing it in a more “school like” atmosphere!