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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774–1822
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Ranked #15 of 64 attractions in Portland
Type: History Museums
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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Gaithersburg
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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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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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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The theme when we visited was Maine and the Civil War. Its a small collection but very interesting and well presented. Brought a human perspective to the conflict and how it impacted the residents of Maine.

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Fountain, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Friendly staff and incredibly interesting and informative exhibit on the Civil War from a Maine perspective!

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Maine Historical society isn't like many other small-town historical societies you will find throughout Maine. This is a fabulously-curated museum with constantly revolving exhibits that teach you about the interesting history of Maine in so many ways. There are docents around to ask questions of, video exhibits, photographs and paintings, old clothing and artifacts from Maine's history and so much... More

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ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Small but well curated exhibit about the Civil War with provocative artifacts, and the Longfellow house tour was worth the time.

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