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Victoria Mansion

Address: 109 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-772-4841
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Ranked #11 of 54 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: 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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Bangor, Maine
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The cost for the tour is $15 per person. AAA discount or senior discount make it $13.50. This is a interesting self guided tour of a very ornate mansion built in 1858-1860. This is a National Historic Landmark. The first two floors are open,The third floor and tower area is not open to the public. This mansion is being refurbished... More 

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Phippsburg, Maine
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59 reviews 59 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

An acquaintance suggested we visit the mansion for the ultimate Christmas seasonal experience. To me the whole experience missed the mark. The mansion may be exciting to students of engineering and architecture and interior designers, but to me it was no more than an example of excess in the most extreme. If you are fascinated by what people with unimaginable... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Went for the Christmas display while visiting and it was beautiful. Self guided tour- which I prefer, but there were very helpful guides in each room who were able to answer all questions. My fav part were ceilings. So make sure you look up!!! (Ask for the AAA discount when you go in.)

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New York City, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The house museum features a Christmas event in which designers decorate all of the rooms. It's a bit fussy but quite magical in places. The people here are very nice and the mansion is really well maintained. Much of the furnishing is original.

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A real version of what was once Victorian Portland. Thought not as magnificent as I what I had hoped because it was under construction, I was not disappointed by the offering. Beautiful art, graceful wood carvings and a glimpse into yesterday.

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Worcester,MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visited this victorian house Thanksgiving weekend. it is all decked out for the holidays and the public rooms on the first floor are sumptuous. The local decorators show their talent and the staff is happy to give you all the details of the history

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Love this house museum (and have been to many). All original furniture in original locations thanks to historical photos. Really interesting "trompe l'oeil" (fool-the-eye) painting on walls that was apparently the style at the time which you don't see in many other mansions. Really opulent, though small. Great tour by a live tour guide (not audio guide). Negatives are that... More 

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LI
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19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The mansion is not huge in size but the tour is big on history and the history behind this mansion is very interesting. The ties of the former families that lived there to other parts of our country was fun to learn about. The tour guides are the best I have ever experienced. Our guide spoke well, was easy to... More 

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Huntington, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The tour was a little steep at $15 a person. But seeing the (almost over the top) architecture of this cultural treasure was well worth it.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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49 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Have gone to this venue over the holidays and really enjoyed it. Nice gift shop too. Having been brought up in Portland I don't know what took me so long to visit this landmark attraction. Go during the holidays for an extra special treat with the decorated house.

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