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Portland Observatory

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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-5561
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of...
In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird's-eye view of Portland and the harbor.
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What a fascinating part of history!

Wasn't sure what to expect, but found this museum very interesting, with great displays inside and a fabulous tour that shared a lot of history about Portland. Also had great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect, but found this museum very interesting, with great displays inside and a fabulous tour that shared a lot of history about Portland. Also had great views of the city and Casco Bay.

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Interesting history lessons from knowledgeable hosts. Then very good views of Portland. We were able to see the tall ships in the harbor. Parking on the street is not easy. Not many open spots but that may have been due to tall ship day.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is the only Observatory in America. Tour guide delivers a wealth of information about the history of the building and restoration over the years. There is a fee for the tour. $10 Adult and $8 for students, AAA members and seniors over 65. The tour takes you up 7 floors- so lots of stairs, but the tour stops on... More 

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Milford, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The tour guides have a true passion for this landmark and it shows. We brought our three kids and Judy (I think that was her name) was very informative and took her time explaining why this observatory was very important to the city and the incoming ships.

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Bluefield, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The lady at the front greeted my family when we walked into the observatory. She was very friendly and informative. There is a fee to visit, but it is well worth it. Our tour guide was well informed with the history of the observatory and Portland. The view from the top is fantastic. You can see in every direction the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

What struck me the most was how welcoming the people running the place were! The building itself has a rich history and the view is amazing. The fee is nothing, $10 for an adult $8 for students or triple A card holders WARNING: It is a steep climb to the top so just keep that in mind and use the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I can't believe I'd never been to the Observatory before!!! I've lived in Portland a long time, but had never visited. The history of the Observatory is fascinating, as well as the history offered of Portland: the Big Fire of 1866 and the history of Munjoy Hill are only two parts of the history recounted during the tour. The history... More 

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Ashland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We were looking for a couple things to do as we passed through the Portland area a week ago and found this. I liked the recommendations below where they thought they would regret it but ended up loving it, so that convinced us to give it a try. This place is the result of a ship captain who saw a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My wife and I came here on our vacation to Portland. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Portland and the history of the observatory. The tour guide was very helpful, insightful, and fun. The view from the top is cool. If you are in to history, come check this place out. If you're not into history, it might be... More 

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Woodstock, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On our third visit to Portland, we can't believe we missed this wonderful bit of early Portland history. Take the tour, our guide added much to the experience. The views, the history and the wood timber construction are a wonder. Note: This tour goes up a very narrow wooden staircase.This tour is not for the mobility challenged.

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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-5561
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland

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