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Victoria Mansion

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Address: 109 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-772-4841
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Description: Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest...
Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Our history, a quick tour, and our present-day efforts at restoring the Mansion convey an impression of the significance of this unique site, which is of national and even international importance.
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Architecture and Decor

We love historical homes. This is our second visit to this house. It is beautiful and well worth a visit. The decorating is amazing to see. The museum's desire to maintain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Strongsville, Ohio
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Strongsville, Ohio
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We love historical homes. This is our second visit to this house. It is beautiful and well worth a visit. The decorating is amazing to see. The museum's desire to maintain historical accuracy is praise worthy. Our docent was not as well informed as some we have had but put forth much effort in answering our questions accurately.

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you have an interest is history and architecture this is a wonderful tour. It show trendy decorating Victorian sensibilities.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped by on our way to Boothbay Harbor and are we happy we did. We have visited many historical houses and this definitely rates as one of the top ten. The architecture and design are fascinating and it is so fortunate that this mansion was saved for posterity. Each room has its own different charm. Our guide was very... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Impeccably maintained mansion. The curator clearly cares a great deal about the historic mansion. The volunteer docent who lead our tour was knowledgeable and helpful.

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Boston
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We left after 10 minutes. The house is a monument to excess. The tour was overcrowded with 15 people, there was little room to move around, the rooms were stuffy, and the tour guide was hyper, rushed, gave a canned talk at high speed and at high volume in order to drown out the competing noise from a 44 person... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A beautiful mansion that lives up to the hype. Only one negative comment, if you can call it that. No photography. As a picture enthusiast I found this upsetting as there is a lot I would have liked to capture inside the home. Oh well, I enjoyed my tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take the time to take it all... More 

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Yarmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Portland, Maine's gem is certainly a must see/visit. One of our country's best examples of Italianate architecture, with the interior's decor designed by European artisans. A WOW experience for the visitor of a summer residence with all the timely up-to-date accoutrements of a 1858-1860 mansion. The first floor is able to be viewed for those using a wheelchair, but access... More 

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Los Angeles, California, Usa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Incredible mansion! If you're near Portland Maine this is a must see. It was a rainy day when we went. The staff was extremely accommodating. The history of this home is being expertly preserved. The beauty of this 150 + year old is amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question asked without hesitation.

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Savannah, Georgia, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Overwhelming is, perhaps, the only way to describe this house museum. Excess-upon-excess in all the Victorian flavors. Interesting in that so much of the original furniture and accessories remain, it is somewhat disappointing to see vast sums of money spent on decorating as the exterior brownstone literally "melts" away. The guide was nice, but we did wish he had a... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were there Christmas week 2014. Our room was clean and comfortable. A french log every night for the fire place. Slippers by the bed at night. Breakfast was excellent. We received individual menu with our name on it. They offered to make us anything else. Amazing food and service. It's now August 2015. I thought I wrote a more... More 

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