We boast the world’s finest collection of artifacts relating to Poe's life and writings, including the author's clothing, trunk, letters, bed, and even a lock of his hair, and our programs reach thousands of scholars, students, teachers, and literary enthusiasts every year.
The Tell-Tale Heart Mock Trial
After a dramatic reading of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, students divide into groups of defense attorneys and prosecutors to argue for a verdict in a mock courtroom presided over by a student judge. The student jury decides whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity, and often student courtroom artists record the trial.
The Red Death Interrogated
After a dramatic reading of “The Masque of the Red Death,” students divide into groups to debate the motives of the protagonist of the story: Is he a hero or a villain? Before the concluding arguments, one student appointed as the Plague Doctor will deliver information about real plagues throughout history.
Poetry Workshop: "The Raven”
After a dramatic reading of “The Raven,” students will explore how Poe created this famous poem, using scansion to discover the strict metrical structure of the poem.
Walk In the Poet's Footsteps
This walking tour explores Poe’s life with stops at Richmond landmarks associated with Poe, including the Masonic Lodge, the Craig House, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, and the Henrico County Courthouse.
Poe’s Shockoe Bottom
This walking tour explores the immediate neighborhood of the museum with stops at sites provoking associations with some of Poe’s greatest stories and poems such as “The Conqueror Worm,” “To Helen,” and “The Premature Burial”, selections of which will be read on tour.
Pipsqueak Poets Tour
Designed for an elementary school-aged audience, the Pipsqueak Poets Tour is a great introduction to poetry and rhyme. Our standard tour is condensed and adapted for a younger audience and culminates in an activity featuring Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven.” Students will make a raven puppet to take home. The tour and activity combined last an hour and is $5 per student.