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Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

226 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 729-6606
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Ranked #5 of 19 attractions in Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum celebrates Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Civil War General, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg and other... more »
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Redwood City, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
39 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We've been to Maine several times before but during the off season when the museum was closed. Made sure our timing allowed us to experience this great piece of history this time. So very glad we did! What an amazing man! Our guide shared many interesting facts related to General Chamberlain's life. As much as we already knew, there was... More

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Brunswick, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We learned so very much about the civil war as well as Champerlain in this museum. All visits are via a semi-private tour guide. The guides are clearly thoroughly steeped in the history of Chamberlain, Brunswick, Maine, and Bowdoin College. We were assigned a guide who was a trainee, and although she was nervous, she did a very credible job... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

He was a professor, a colonel when he defended Little Round Top, 4-time governor of Maine, and president of Bowdoin College, but the docent who gave us the tour always called him "The General." I liked that. I left this historical residence, knowing a lot more about General Chamberlain's personal and post-war political life. I had admired him for his... More

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North Shore of Boston
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We were delighted by the one-hour plus guided tour of the house with a group of about 8 visitors. Both the Civil War "nut" and the non CWN were very pleased. The docent who gave the tour was very well-informed and obviously enthusiastic about the material. The place is only open Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

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Georgetown, PA
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Toured the Joshua Chamberlain home in Brunswick Maine and found the experience quite informative and interesting. The docent was well informed and provided good information regarding Chamberlain and his family. It was worth the time and the cost was minimal.

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Gray, Maine
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Whether you specifically come for a piece of Maine history or Civil War history (or both), you will enjoy yourself. Situated in quiet, Brunswick, Maine, Joshua Chamberlain's former home is located right next to the Bowdoin College campus. Tours are done once an hour during opening hours, and are run by volunteer docents. I think house museum tours are not... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Much like "Herb G." my husband and I also an surprisingly negative experience at the Chamberlain museum, due primarily to a very poor tour guide. The house itself is fascinating but we were not given the opportunity to review the rooms or read the information. The talk was very disjointed and disorganized, there was no timeline - it started in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I enjoyed visiting this work in progress. A hero at Gettysburg and President of Bowdoin College, the one hour docent tour is well done and informative. The Bowdoin College campus is across the street as is the Maine State Music Theater. You can couple the Chamberlain House tour with the Bowdoin Art Museum for a well spend couple of hours

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

All fans of American history should visit the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house. A true American hero the tour allows the visitor to see some of the rooms he lived in and learn a bit about his life. I was a fan prior to visiting so really enjoyed seeing his saddle, his speeches as governor and the mini ball that almost... More

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I know a lot about Gen Chamberlain and was excited to be able to visit his home in Brunswick. Regrettably, our guide seemed to have an agenda of his own and badly misrepresented the facts. The home itself is interesting if you can roam it without the guide.

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