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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774–1822
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Ranked #18 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Type: History Museums
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Glendale, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had an afternoon to kill while in Portland for business and took their walking tour of Portland. I really enjoyed this. It was a great way to see the city core and learn about Portland's history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional and handled the group well. And at $10, it is a good value.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nice casual tour of Longfellows boyhood home. Interesting and up close unlike other historical home tours. Very personal feel. Came with my kids 12, 10 & 4 and it held the interest of the older ones no problem ( the younger one simply enjoyed the free fan she was given)

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The entire display was devoted to Maine in the civil war, and it was very well done, with nice artifacts and good narrative.

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Scarborough, Maine
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

When visiting Portland, I would recommend that you take the time to visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow house on Congress Street. The MHS has done an excellent job of maintaining the building and its furniture, and it's a really neat and interesting tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I've donated old photos of Peaks Island to the MHS, and they were kind enough to give me a few free tickets to see their Civil War exhibit, which I thought was very interesting. There were personal letters, logs, photos, and things I wouldn't have known what they were, except for the MHS's great research and notations. What I most... More

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Portland, Maine
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The exhibitions are interesting and very focused on important local issues. The recent Civil War exhibition was stunningly good. Theirs is really a campus, with the Longfellow House and the library/archives/ancestry research center. If you haven''t been, then you have missed one of Portland's and Maine's true jewels.

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115 reviews 115 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Maine Historical Society is located in the center of town on Congress Street. It is a compact place with plenty of room to wander and visit. I stopped in on Veterans Day 2013 to see the exhibit entitled "Maine in the Civil War." An enlightening and informative reveiw of the state's role in the Civil War - especially the 20th... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The exhibit space at the Maine Historical Society is small, but it’s worth the price of admission just to tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House next door. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he made the house come alive. Unlike some of the houses at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, which I toured earlier the same day, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House... More

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Simpsonville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Absolutely fantasic tour guide with bounding energy gave us many interesting stories about the people who lived in the Longfellow House of Portland. House is located next to the Maine Historical Society building and should not be missed. Great history and literature lessons here! The main building held an especially interesting history of Maine's involvement in the Civil War. Nice... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very moving, interesting exhibit with personal touches, in the Ken Burns style - letters from home and photos.

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