Maine Jewish Museum
Maine Jewish Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Celebrating Maine's Jewish art, history and culture in a restored 1921 synagogue. The art we exhibit is for sale. Your purchase helps support artists and the Maine Jewish Museum.
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Joni P
Atlanta, GA78 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Excellent! The male tour guide hasn't lived in Maine his whole life, but was so enthusiastic about Maine's Jewish history that he was very knowledgeable. He discussed why Jews moved to Maine and the history of the synagogue the museum was housed in. We were lucky enough to meet the artist whose beautiful portrait collages lined the walls, Paula Getstenblatt.
Written October 9, 2022
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Mark M
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May 2022
Visited the Maine Jewish Museum today. We were met at the door by the Director who led us through the history of the Jewish Museum and highlighted important stops on our self-tour. A particular highlight was the roughly 10 descriptions of the Jewish Hall of Fame. These were panels describing the experience before, during, and after the Holocaust by these survivors. Their life stories are chilling, but necessary. Visit took about an hour and was a significant experience.
Written May 5, 2022
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Bernice H
Houston, TX19 contributions
Jun 2021
Easy to find and walk to if you are staying in the center of Portand, this museum includes a beautfiul synagogue and a fine history of the Jewish community in Maine. The sculptures displayed on the lawn before entry were lovely and there was an interesting art exhibit inside as well. Worth the time to see.
Written December 30, 2021
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Frindlerta
New York City, NY139 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
I wouldn't consider this a museum rather just an old synagogue, quite suprising that it has survived and is still thriving in portland, maine. A fascinating detail that I learned about this synagogue is that the pews were purchased from a church and had a cross on the back; after purchased the synagogue knocked out the left side of the T bar so it looks like half a T
Very interesting. Tours here are free and the tour guide/rabbi is friendly.
Written July 4, 2015
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Cordes72
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France57 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
The museum was around the corner where we were staying so we walked by after our daughter recommended it. The women at the entrance gave us a 15 minute history of the building, Jews in Portland, and the exhibits. The entire museum was well done and the third floor with the stories of the Holocaust survivors from the area was very moving. I would recommend this to anyone who visits Portland.
Written August 2, 2019
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julia922
Oklahoma City, OK33 contributions
Sep 2018
Maine Jewish Museum houses everything from biographies of holocaust survivors who settled in Maine to contemporary artwork of several Jewish Maine artists. Services are still held in the sanctuary and chapel. The curator was most welcoming and took time to sit down with us and share the history of the building and museum.
Written October 5, 2018
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Sarit C
New York, New York, United States28 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
My family and I truly enjoyed our visit to the Maine Jewish Museum. The staff was nice and welcoming and the exhibitions are very interesting. Tucked behind a sculpture garden in a building that still houses the oldest standing synagogue in Maine (Etz Haim) the museum offers a unique look into the history of Jewish summer camps in Maine, including some of their celebrity alumni, a review of the synagogues throughout the State, and a beautiful overview of personal Holocaust survival stories of Maine Jews. There are contemporary, rotating shows in the lobby- a really nice visit! Highly recommend.
Written October 3, 2018
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Camille K
Newton, MA106 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped by with our teenagers, and found there was something for everyone. Really interesting art shows, complete with nice explanations. Also a great series on the Jews of Maine, an interesting and well done view of how immigrants came to America and integrated into local communities. The building itself is also interesting and quite nicely kept up. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly. The building is free to tour, donations gladly excepted. Would definitely recommend to friends. We would love to return some time for services.
Written June 23, 2019
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Andrea F
Evanston, IL52 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The Maine Jewish Museum has a beautiful synagogue with an interesting history. It is a jewel of a building. In addition to the sanctuary, there are art exhibits from Maine Jewish artists. The curator Nancy was so friendly and informative about the history of the Maine Jewish community as well as background on the artists. There is a small but enticing gift shop with interesting and different Jewish objects and jewelry.
Written October 15, 2018
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Todd H
Ballerup, Denmark17 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We are interested in Jewish history, especially in areas that you don't usually identify as Jewish. This small museum doubles as the Jewish house of worship as well. We sat in the meeting hall and learned much about Jewish culture and tradition as well as their history in the Portland area. They have exhibits about special Jews from the area, heroic examples and stories, etc. It was only $5 to visit, check out the artifacts and historical exhibits and have a great visit with a local Jewish leader.
Written September 20, 2017
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