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O. Henry Home & Museum

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Address: 409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3705
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+1 512-472-1903
12:00 - 17:00
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Sydney Porter, the writer known as O. Henry, lived in this Victorian...

Sydney Porter, the writer known as O. Henry, lived in this Victorian cottage from 1893 to 1895.

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Knowledgeable docent -kudos!

We stopped in while walking by to go to the Visitor Center. It is open limited hours so we were lucky. It is FREE. Let the docent tell you a short story (no pun intended) about... read more

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in while walking by to go to the Visitor Center. It is open limited hours so we were lucky. It is FREE. Let the docent tell you a short story (no pun intended) about the author's life. There are only 4 rooms but a much larger tale. It is worth stopping here.

Thank Anonymous855
Real de Catorce, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place is pretty sweet. It doesn't take long to visit. O.Henry was a writer of some note. We read him in seventh grade I think. The place is famous for the yearly pun off which I have missed the past three or four years. It is a curiosity worth a side trip.

1 Thank Stiglitz11
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The ladies inside the house were very helpful and knowledgeable. There was close parking to the house.

1 Thank Jennifer R
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is one of several homes O. Henry lived in. It is small,(30 minutes is sufficient) and the guide was knowledgeable. If you have read any of his works it is fun to connect the author to his life and maybe some of the things that shaped his stories.

Thank RecreationV
Greeley, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Spend 30 minutes visiting this house/museum and learn about O. Henry. And it's free. It's a bit off the beaten path, but well worth walking a few extra blocks.

Thank Lainy325
Banbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We had never heard of O'Henry but found this to be a most interesting museum. The young lady gave us a well informed talk on his life and the history of the house. A very intriguing place that is a little off the main area on 5th street.

Thank John R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

A nice overview of the life and works of William Sydney Porter (pen name O Henry) who lived there for a time. Next door to another small free museum in a home of Susanna Dickinson - a survivor of the Alamo who carried the message of the attack to Austin. Worth a side trip. Both had friendly (and somewhat lonely)... More 

1 Thank rhumane
Buda, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Went to this place and found it very interesting about the writer and poet. Nice little house and informative items about his stay in Austin. It is smack dab downtown, so you have to park at a meter or garage, but that's ok.

Thank daddymo2
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The O Henry museum was a welcome respite from the humidity on our walk. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the William Sydney Porter's life really was. The home was 1 of several the author had lived in in Austin, and provides a glimpse of how a small family would have lived at the time. The museum attendants can... More 

1 Thank SazzyLJ
Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

A nice little house but the real treat is the extremely knowledgable docent who will answer any and all questions. Bonus is that there is a second house with another equally capable docent. Two for the price of one - and the price, zippo. No fee, though donations are accepted.

Thank grrprr

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