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“Very interesting guided tour, tour group too large”
Review of Edward Gorey House

Edward Gorey House
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Owner description: Dedicated to the author-illustrator, Edward Gorey, and to raising awareness for animal welfare issues.
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“Very interesting guided tour, tour group too large”
Reviewed 15 August 2011

We were given a tour which lasted about an hour on a weekday in August. There are many interesting items to see and prints, etc. available for purchase. He collected a lot of things, and it is amazing how prolific he was. My only complaint would be that the tour group was a little too large. Several people were encouraged by the tourguide to just join in, which made it difficult to see the items in the cases that she was describing. I would suggest asking others to either wait outside or stay in the small gift shop area rather than just hooking up with a tour which has already started. Most adults will not mind waiting. Tours are only $5 per adults. There were only two children in our tour, and they were older and well behaved. People continued to join for the first 15 mins of the tour, which lasted an hour and was disruptive. The large group made it stuffy in the small house as well. I learned a lot during the tour and recommend it. Edward Gorey was a fan of cats and the cat urine/spray smell is still evident in his house. There is also a large cat roaming around in the house.

Visited August 2011
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“An intimate and welcoming experience”
Reviewed 14 August 2011

I hadn't been to the Edward Gorey House in about seven years, but had the chance to visit again during a recent trip to the Cape. The House is a whimsical - and fitting - tribute to Edward Gorey. The space is intimate and full of memorabilia – including private items - from Gorey’s career and personal life. The staff couldn’t have been friendly or more informed. A great pleasure.

Visited August 2011
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“Artist's home will intrigue you”
Reviewed 29 November 2010

If you're looking for a different experience on Cape Cod, be sure to visit The Edward Gorey House, the home of an eccentric American author and illustrator. His home has been very creatively made into a museum of sorts and houses his pen and ink illustrations, published works, various "yard-sale" collections and other mysterious possessions.

The home is a traditional Cape Cod home and may look small from the outside, but inside is chock-full of good stuff and can easily take up to 2 hours to browse.

There is also a fun, but macabre scavenger hunt inside the home, which adults and children alike would enjoy. Be sure to look for the resident cat, at a mere 22 pounds, is hard to miss.

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“A definite must if you are a devoted Gorey fan”
Reviewed 15 October 2005

I visit the "Elephant House" every time I go to Cape Cod, time permitting. The gothic side of Edward Gorey is just one component of his complex personality, and I believe that any true fan would be fascinated by the multifaceted aspects of his life. Equal to his humorous, macabre books and illustrations is his devotion to the New York City Ballet and theatre in general, as well as his love for animals, cats in particular. The house and contents within that have been chosen for display are a glimpse into the environment in which he visualized and created his work when he was not in New York. In addition to a small gift shop at the entrance, is a room devoted to children and animals complete with some of his rubber stamps that you can use to create a Gorey work on the spot. There is a knowledgeable staff and a houseful (first floor only open to the public) of ordinary and extraordinary items displayed for your interpretation with some descriptions provided. It was fun to happen upon unknown creations (I won't spoil any surprises here), and see ordinary household items mingled with his works. I don't know if the foundation plans to open the second floor but hope they do. You can join the Gorey foundation which supports the continued efforts to preserve his works and history or just enjoy what the museum has to offer. I found the house captivating and impossible to really "see" in one visit. It seems to change a little every time I go. In addition to the house itself, you could treat yourself to a walk around town--many of locals can direct you to where he habitually ate breakfast, took his walks, etc. This is a happy find in an otherwise beautiful but more traditional experience of Cape Cod.

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“Not The Enchanting, Gothic House You'd Expect”
Reviewed 2 September 2003

I drove from Boston to Yarmouth Port on a crisp, grey, Saturday last November. It was a perfect day for visiting the Gorey House. Based on Gorey's books, plays and illustrations, I had pictured his home as a Gothic mansion filled with Victorian furniture and dark wallpaper. I imagined the walls to be covered with Edward Gorey illustrations, some cleverly labeled with a small story of what had inspired Gorey when he was drawing. From what I've read about Gorey, he was an incessant collector and had rooms full of books and other odds and ends. To say the real Gorey house was disappointing doesn't really describe how let down I really felt after touring the Gorey house. Where were all the illustrations and prints from the 100+ books that he wrote and illustrated? Where were his 30,000 books and cd's and objects that he was known to have collected? The house I toured could have been your great aunt's house. Or, maybe your grandmother's. Whoever curated this house has completely failed to capture the spirit of Gorey. There are few illustrations on the walls and even fewer original copies of Gorey's books. You will get to see some of his school records and childhood pictures. Very little in the house captures the Gorey's morbid sense of humor. His studio has been reduced to a room with a few objects, but no writing table and no drawings - nothing to indicate that this was the studio of Edward Gorey. The house is utterly boring and does not in anyway celebrate the life and work of Edward Gorey.
Visit the house if you are interested in supporting animal welfare. If you are a fan of Edward Gorey's work, you will be disappointed.

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