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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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Fascinating history and amazing views

Came across the observatory while walking through Portland and decided to join a tour and see the view. Everyone there was extremely knowledgeable and excited to teach myself and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sarah G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came across the observatory while walking through Portland and decided to join a tour and see the view. Everyone there was extremely knowledgeable and excited to teach myself and two kids about the unique architecture and history. A little pricey for a small venue/short tour, but their maintenance costs are understandably high so we were happy to donate to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portland Observatory is a gem in downtown Portland. We did the first tour of the day, and the group was about 8 people. The docent was really knowledgable and encouraged questions. At the top, we had a spectacular view that included Mount Washington! I'm so glad I brought my binoculars.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you walk through the neighborhood leading to Portland's Eastern Promenade you can't miss the Portland Observatory. It's a historic marker for ships in the nearby harbor and today is surrounded by lovely homes, small restaurants, and so forth. If you arrive at the right time, you can visit inside and see various historic displays. The whole experience of the... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a very good feeling for the history of the area by paying a visit to the Observatory. The staffers are passionate about this place, and the tour was extremely informative. Is a short walk form the downtown area.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They were down a tour guide when I visited, so I can't speak to the tour, but the best part of the observatory is definitely the view. I could take or leave the history part, but you're not going to get a better unobstructed view of the town and ocean. The admission is a bit pricey at $10, but I... More 

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Shrewsbury, Ma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a 6 story wooden signal tower. Other than being old, there's little historical significance. The museum portion is a joke with no artifacts and just a film loop to watch with two chairs in front of it. There is a 10 dollar tour but the guide has not enough facts about old portland and there was not one bit... More 

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

My husband and I took a guided tour of the observatory and enjoyed the history, architecture and stunning views. You learn a lot about Portland as well as the tower.

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Sutton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just visited here with 11 and 13 year old on a hot day. Very intersting and able to hold the kid's attention since the tour wasn't too long and the views were exceptional. 6 floors and with every floor the cool, refreshing breeze increases. Would definitely recommend the guided tour...more interesting.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the guides here are very knowledgeable and we had the fortune of being on a tour with a local resident who added a lot of color to the narrative. Once at the top, the views are fantastic and the maps come to life. Great for families and adults of all ages.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit with an excellent view of all Portland. It has spiral stair case that is easy to walk up

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