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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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Very historical and interesting

So amazing to see. Definitely take the free tour as the guide gives great information about the purpose of the observatory. Don't miss seeing this on your visit.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So amazing to see. Definitely take the free tour as the guide gives great information about the purpose of the observatory. Don't miss seeing this on your visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great initiation to Portland! Do the guided tour, these volunteers know SO much about the history of the Observatory, Portland and the US!! Susan walked us up to the top with interesting stories on each floor. Definitely a TO DO for tourists or people just moving to Portland.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An easy climb up the 214 stairs. Each floor had exhibits about the building of the Observatory and stories about it's history.

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Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are 104 steps to the top of the observatory, but it is worth the climb for the view over the bay and town. You can have a guided tour or take yourself around with the help of an information sheet. The observatory has a wonderful history. At each level in the climb, there are information boards which relate the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did a self guided tour of the tower. It was interesting and the visual media contained lots of history about the observatory. I expected the tour to be longer and the tower to be be a bit bigger but the view at the top was amazing. The fee helps the restoration and preservation of history and that's always a... More 

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Vermont, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can climb to the top of this observatory on Munjoy Hill and see way out into Casco Bay, as well as the city of Portland and South Portland.

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Salem, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost did not take the tour, but I'm glad I did. Stan, our guide, had me with "This is the last remaining signal tower...". At each landing, there were chairs so we could listen to a short lecture in comfort. We learned about signal towers, the history of Portland, the Moody family who owned the tower for over 100... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating spot, with outstanding Maine hospitality. We arrived just as a tour was beginning so the lady at the admissions desk said we could pay on the way out. The docent, Peter, was very knowledgeable and friendly and our climb to the top was rewarded by what must have been the freshest breeze available on this unusually hot (97 degree)... More 

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Shelton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Side tracked off our route to make our road trip interesting. Found this observatory very interesting. Amazing story behind the original concept and founder of this landmark. Tour guide knowledgeable.

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Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the last surviving example of a maritime observatory. The building is actuallt not connected to the ground, but is held in place with stone ballast! Choose from a self or guided tour and learn about the history of Portland and the observatory. Great views at the top!

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