**The Edgar & Virginia Poe Death Exhibit opens during the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards. The event will be extended October 10 – 14th to commemorate the anniversary of Poe’s Death in Baltimore. Additional festival weekend tickets can be purchased here.**
Visit an interactive art installation at the historic Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. Poe’s body and casket will lie in state in a re-enactment of the dark and somber day Poe was laid to rest. Tour the conspiracies that plague Poe’s legacy and learn how the very clothes he wore offer clues to his mysterious death. Pay your respects at a special candle-light vigil for the master of horror and mystery. Included this year:
The NEW “Virginia Poe Bicentennial” Exhibit
Presented by Poe Baltimore at Westminster Hall, the “Virginia Poe Bicentennial Exhibit” explores the hidden history of Virginia Poe, the beloved wife and muse of Edgar Allan Poe. Learn how she shaped her husband’s work even from beyond the grave. The exhibit includes the morbid story of Virginia’s death and afterlife, plus a memento mori collection of mourning jewelry and sentimental art made from human hair. A mobile app and live guide are included to answer your questions!
NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket), may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised. This exhibit takes place at location away from Festival Grounds; limited street parking and garage parking is available. This is a ticketed event; timed entry guarantees admission.
- Mobile App/ Cell Audio Guide
- Poe’s Clothing and the mystery of Poe’s Death in 1849
- Candle-light Vigil for Edgar Allan Poe & Virginia Poe in the historic Westminster hall, steps from where both are buried
- Memento Mori collection of mourning jewelry and human hair
- Scenes from Poe and Virginia’s *first* funerals
Exhibit presented by Poe Baltimore in cooperation with Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, The Dr. John W. Hawkins & Mark T. VerValin Collection, The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hayden Peters at ArtofMourning.com, The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, The Poe Cottage at Fordham & Bronx County Historical Society, The Poe Museum (Richmond), The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, Michael & Jaime Fawcett, Thomas Brown Woodwright, LLC, Michael Davis, Jason Strutz Illustration, The Baltimore Camera Club and Carroll Museums.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Maryland Humanities, and The Baltimore National Heritage Area, with kind assistance from the B&O Railroad Museum and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.