Edward Gorey House

Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port: Address, Phone Number, Edward Gorey House Reviews: 4.5/5

Edward Gorey House
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Steve W
Arlington, VA120 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We admire Gorey’s genius and really wanted to see his house when we visited Cape Cod. We came shortly before a tour started and wisely joined in. Our knowledgeable and chatty docent made sure we received our money’s worth and then some by supplying anecdotes about Gorey, the house, how he came to live in it, what he did with it, and how he became part of the community. It was the kind of tour that makes you wonder whether you should maybe change your priorities in life.

The bottom line: while one could easily spend several hours just staring at the art and knickknacks, I highly recommend the tour. And if you finish the scavenger hunt, you have my eternal admiration.
Written 3 June 2022
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holabcgb
Yarmouth Port, MA102 contributions
Jan 2022
This is a very interesting place to visit. There are many fascinating exhibits and the guided tours provide many interesting facts about the life of Edward Gorey.
Written 29 May 2022
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Sherry K
Ithaca, NY3 contributions
Oct 2021
The "tour" and insights the docent offers are worth the time. You should definitely do the Scavenger Hunt, especially if accompanied by children! I particularly enjoyed looking through the Children's decorative envelope art (in binders.) Great gift shop with all kinds of stationary options to remind you of your visit and help explain the Edward Gorey House and his art to others.
Written 4 November 2021
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hrs
Boston, MA221 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
What fun. Interesting exhibits. Excellent and amusing presentation. Fun interactive activities. This visit they placed replications of hapless children around the house to find. Next year the focus will be on Gorey’s love of the ballet.

Gorey was a fascinating genius with many talents and interesting odd collections. Definitely worth stopping by if you are on or near the Cape. Nice place to spend a couple of hours.

Only negative was the strong smell of cat pee on the cushions of the chairs on the front porch. Apparently the whole house used to have this smell but they seem to have cleared it out except on the front porch. Gorey lived with a lot of cats.
Written 10 October 2021
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everyones-a-critic
Boston, MA111 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Rude staff. Edward Gorey House is a little gem. We have been to the museum and every year we visit the gift store. This year the woman on staff was rude and confrontational. The tone makes the music we like to say, and the tone of this woman was hostile from the get go. It is possible to say "can I help you?" without making it sound like "what the heck do YOU want?". It is possible to ask someone to use a mask without yelling at them to "put it on OUTSIDE". The words please and thank you do exist. You have an ignorant person working at your lovely little museum. Its sad and we wont be back ever.
Written 29 September 2021
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MoonDoggieDonna
Garfield132 contributions
Sep 2021
If you know who Edward Gorey is, you will love this museum. If you don't know who he is, you will after the tour. Then you will love him, too!!!
Written 24 September 2021
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Craig S
3 contributions
Sep 2021
This gem of a museum is packed wall-to-wall with illustrations, artwork, memorabilia, books, collections of this, collections of that... you get the picture. If you're like me, you've seen Gorey's distinctive illustrations all your life without thinking about the man who created them. He was a magnificently quirky individual with a way of looking at the world that was his alone. All that comes through, loud and clear, in this museum.

The staff is extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. When we visited, they started by giving a talk about Gorey and his work, then they let us roam around the house and satisfy our curiosity.

Parking was easy. Advanced reservations recommended. We went at 11:00 AM on a Wednesday in September, and there were probably ten people there.
Written 18 September 2021
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Monica M
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Very interesting and quirky artist/ author. Learned so much about him in a short amount of time and found his life and work fascinating. They had a scavenger hunt that my 8 year old was completely absorbed by. Gregory, the docent that checked us in and gave the tour was incredibly informative, humorous and welcoming. However, the incoming "clerk" for the gift shop that arrived about 30 minutes later was rude and antagonizing. I hope she does not give tours because she needs to take a chill pill. When my son finished the scavenger hunt and went up for his "prize", she completely ignored him until I came up with him. Very unfortunate that what started as an incredible outing left us with a sour taste because of the employee's poor attitude.
Written 18 August 2021
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lkpm3
Albany, NY106 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A wonderful small gem. If you're a fan or Gorey or a fan of quirky people, this place is for you! We did not have reservations but arrived just in time for the tour. Allow 1 hr. We also enjoyed the gift shop and left with fun gifts for ourselves and others. Great for families and everyone!
Written 7 July 2021
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Brian L
Chicago, IL276 contributions
Jun 2021
The splendid house that once belonged to Edward Gorey. I had made plans on two separate occasions to come here but not until thrice did it finally happen.

Sweaty and hot in my black attire from the sun's harsh rays and all the way from Illinois, I was pleased to have been admitted as there are certain preferences made for guests to come at designated time slots to avoid overcrowding in the time of corona. This was the second day that guests were allowed to go maskless.

Oh, Mr. Gorey must have been a most splendid man. This house is so charming and seeing his various collections couldn't help but bring a smile to my face. There is an incredible amount to see, and you may be unable to see everything lest Greg throws you out! Come again. Come multiple times. You will be sure to catch something new and interesting each time.

There are prints for sale! I was most tempted, but the gift shop alone had moths flying out of my wallet.

If you are a fan of Gorey, you will adore this place. For casual passer-by, it is unknown.
Written 6 June 2021
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