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Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: (207) 774–1822
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Great little museum and Library

If you want a taste of Portland and Maine History this is the place to check out. A great little gift shop is a fine place to pick up quality books and Maine gifts. Next to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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163 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The exhibit area is nicely done with historic maps, photos, and plans of the early days of Portland. Descriptions of major events occurring in Portland, major figures in its history and its place in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War are displayed and interesting facts are captured in the video. The exhibit room is much larger and more extensive... More 

1 Thank lsihrofhhisc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

If you want a taste of Portland and Maine History this is the place to check out. A great little gift shop is a fine place to pick up quality books and Maine gifts. Next to the Longfellow House which is another top spot to visit.

1 Thank TundraJayco
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Lots to see, and we didn't have time for it all, hence 4 stars. Knowledgeable staff and very informative.

Thank Sarah L
Shoreview, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We especially enjoyed the guided tour of Longfellow's home! Very informative and interesting! We also found some nice values in the gift shop.

1 Thank Gregg H
Temple, Texas
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235 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The museum is adjacent to the Longfellow house and the $12 admission fee includes both the tour and the museum. It's worth an hour of your time. There is also a research library on the premises.

1 Thank chiefqueen
Portland, Maine
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121 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The gift shop has many books and historical gifts. I like how it's connected to a historical building, and the flow is easy from house to shop.

Thank scott a
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

everyone focuses on the Longfellow house and Museum of Art, but make time for this, too. You thought you knew about Maine, a bit of Canada posing as an American state, right? Well, you'll learn a lot on your visit here. Glad that I went.

Thank Phillyjanie
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Portland is a great place to visit with much to see and do It is a great stop on the coastal tours of Maine. Good to read the history of the area to enhance the experience

Thank William S
Goham, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I have been a member of the Maine Historical Society for many years and try to take advantage of all that they offer to members and the general public...museum exhibits, many daytime and evening lectures, library use, genealogical info and guidance, book groups, local and New England historical tours, the Longfellow House and garden, and a great book store, They... More 

1 Thank John T
Portland, Maine
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

His birthplace on E. Fore Street being unfortunately razed (a stone marker is at the entrance to the Marriott Residence Inn Downtown), this childhood home is all that is left to mark his life here. The ME Historical Society has done a good job of interpreting the building & the library next door (newly upgraded) is an unmatched resource for... More 

Thank Clgmaine

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