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Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: (207) 774–1822
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Brown Library Exhibit

Fabulous research library next to Longfellow's childhood home. We went to view the traveling exhibit on Lincoln during the civil war. Wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2014
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Newbury Old Town, Massachusetts, United States
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Newbury Old Town, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Fabulous research library next to Longfellow's childhood home. We went to view the traveling exhibit on Lincoln during the civil war. Wonderful.

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Speedway, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I visited the Wadsworth Longfellow home as a scheduled stop on my vacation. The Society also has an adjacent gift shop and musuem about Portland next door. It was a great stop to see the history and to visit the home of Longfellow. The home still contains the furniture and belongings of the family. There is alot of history to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Maine Historical Society is, in essence, the Wadsworth-Longfellow Home that has been preserved as it was during the years that Longfellow lived there. Not preserved in the sense of recreated -- but preserved in that when it was left to the Society nothing was changed -- NOTHING. The tour was fascinating with wonderful insights into not only Longfellow but... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

On my way from Ogunquit to Freeport, stopped here at my elderly mother's request - Longfellow is her favorite. I was able to pick up books and a CD for her. A tour of Longfellow's boyhood home was just leaving as I arrived. The place is small but chock full of interesting materials. It is so important to preserve history,... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The Maine Historical Society has a very extensive research library with a vast Maine genealogical collection. There is also a small, well curated museum. The Society has an early printed copy of the Declaration of Independence. The most innovative aspect of the Maine Historical Society, however, is its online presence, mainememory.net, which is a website covering the history of the... More 

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Perth, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you go to a museum in Maine go to the one in Augusta! This is not really a museum but a display of history of Portland. Pretty disappointing.

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Glendale, California
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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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Chicago
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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
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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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