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O. Henry Museum

A humble, historic home in the midst of downtown's highrises

The O. Henry Museum is the preserved home of controversial figure William Sidney Porter, better known by the pen name O. Henry, author of such universal short story classics as "Gifts of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," and "The Cop and the Anthem." Porter lived in Austin before spending time in prison for accused embezzlement of funds, leading to his release and transformation into the literary genius we know today. The tiny Queen Anne-style cottage is today a testament to the time period as well as a community center for some of Austin's best literary events, including the Annual O. Henry Pun-off.

The Museum shares their plot of land with the Susanna Dickinson Museum next door. Dickinson is another controversial character in Texas' strange history, a possible madame credited with aiding Sam Houston in the defeat of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. 

Address
409 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-472-1903
Website
Hours
Open Now
Sun: noon - 5pm
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: noon - 5pm
Thu: noon - 5pm
Fri: noon - 5pm
Sat: noon - 5pm
Amenities
  • Private Rooms

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