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Address: 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
Phone Number: 207-774-5561
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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of...

In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird's-eye view of Portland and the harbor.

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Historical building

Interesting to visit, knowable guide. Have to climb to top, but views were worth it and learnt some interesting facts.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting to visit, knowable guide. Have to climb to top, but views were worth it and learnt some interesting facts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We found the observatory easily via GPS, but we drove around for a while wondering where to park. We finally realized it was free to park on the street near the observatory. It's beautiful up on the hill with amazing views all around. There was a $10 admission fee to climb to the top and different tours available. Unfortunately, we... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We made a stop at the Portland Observatory on our last day in Portland, and we were pleased to be able to use that as a kind of recap to all of the wonderful experiences we had during our vacation. The birds-eye view of everything that Portland has to offer was unique, and the volunteers were eager to share the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are about 120 steps to climb to the top but the views are worth it. There is a guided tour if you want but I just read the information on each floor and enjoyed the views

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Portland Observatory Museum is the only remaining maritime signal tower in America. There is a reasonable entrance fee and discounts for families and groups. There are guided or self guided tours available. It is definitely worth it to take the guided tour as the associates are very knowledgeable and you get to hear more historical stories and specific details of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful view of Portland and interesting history.. We took the guided tour which was very informative. There are a lot of stairs.. but you stop on each floor while the guide gives more info. Do bring your AAA card for a discount.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A definite must do when visiting Portland. Great 360 degree views of the city. A volunteer tour guide is highly recommended, as they can do into great detail about little know facts about the city. Stan was our tour guide, and he even was able to personalize the tour telling us some detailed stories that involved Canadian cities. The admission... More 

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Eagle Rock, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic view, great summary of Portland's history. We bypassed the guided tour, and it was the best decision we made. Do the self-guided.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a very interesting about how the observatory was built and used flags to notify merchants of what boats were coming into the port. Every ship company had its individual flag. Great tour and people were very nice.

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Gilboa, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on a rainy foggy day so my views were not great. But the guide was knowledgeable and the history of the structure was worth the reduced rate I paid.

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