Maine Historical Society

Maine Historical Society, Portland: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Maine Historical Society Reviews: 4.5/5

Maine Historical Society
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society (MHS) is the third oldest state historical society in the United States! Our one–acre campus is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. MHS's campus is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, and the MHS Research Library. We also manage Maine's digital museum: Maine Memory Network. Winter Opening Hours (Oct-May) Gallery + Store: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Longfellow House: Closed until May 1, 2018 Longfellow Garden: Closed until May 1, 2018 Brown Library: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm Administrative Offices: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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James99946
Parrish, FL773 contributions
Rotating displays in this museum!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Interesting display of native Americans culture is what is presently displayed. They rotate displays so may be different on down the road.
Written October 25, 2019
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Lucky
Bradenton, FL549 contributions
A smaller museum with Native American informational displays~
Oct 2019 • Couples
Helpful staff, clean restrooms and a nice Gift Shop. There are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow books displayed. His boyhood home is right next door. You may download an app to listen to while in the home. Tickets are purchased at the Historical Museum. There is a beautiful quilt with treaty information on it! Amazing work!!! Plenty of Maine history, artwork and information.
Written October 25, 2019
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tacitusone
Athens, GA85 contributions
Very helpful staff and good museum
Sep 2019
Libary staff was very helpful in some research I was doing. A good museum with a current special Native American exhibit. Fine tour of the Longfellow House.
Written October 14, 2019
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Ann S
Cranberry Township, PA16 contributions
henry wadsworth longfellow - house tour and guided tour
Sep 2019
Very interesting and informative tour. Guide was entrtaining. House was restored but many original items.
Written September 27, 2019
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ilkkats
Concord, MA340 contributions
Good museum with special exhibits
Aug 2019
We had a good visit but a guided tour might have made it better. The exhibit on Maine Native Americans was a bit overwhelming with lots of treaty displays, artifacts and basketry. Letter from George Washington was fascinating. Could have been better if there was more focus on a historical timeline.
Written September 5, 2019
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Doreen311
Canton, MA69 contributions
Native American exhibit
Aug 2019
The current exhibit has modern and ancient artifacts. 1000-3000 bce arrow heads, beautiful basket weaving and beaded bags. Entrance is included with tickets to The Wadsworth Longfellow house.
Written August 30, 2019
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Chgo_biz_trvler
Chicago, IL16 contributions
A Native American History Museum -- not a Maine History Museum
Aug 2019
I am a big history buff and wanted to like this place, but it is very narrow in scope. It consists of two buildings: (1) The home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's family, where he lived as a child; and (2) a history museum which is focused solely on the Maine Native American Wabanaki tribe. It was interesting but I was expecting a little broader coverage of the history and settlement of Maine, growth of the state, etc. The house tour was good. They do tours, or you can download their app and do a self-guided tour of the house if you don't want to wait for the tour, or you missed it. Also, it looks like a large museum from the street, but the museum itself occupies only the first floor of the building. The rest is offices.
Written August 28, 2019
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Dan F
Salem, MA164 contributions
It was a good visit but would had wished we could had a guided tour
Jul 2019 • Family
Loved the history and the visit. Worth going there. They have an app to download as you to through the house but would had liked to have more hands on experience. No parking available so you will need to walk there. There is two floors to walk so if you are handicap it will not work out. The visit was worth every penny.
Written July 14, 2019
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douglasv741
Phoenix13 contributions
Magical History Tour
May 2019 • Couples
Came from Arizona and saw this event online. Signed up and joined the group for a morning and afternoon tour of some of Portland's historical sites. Overall was not what I expected from a historical tour, however, all the volunteers were more than happy to share their knowledge, but the locations were not that historical (Post Office murals were a waste of time for the distance we had to walk). This is an annual event, so I understand it's hard to keep the stops exciting.
Written May 18, 2019
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Will
Boston, MA24 contributions
Excellent Staff
Mar 2019 • Couples
We visited MHS in March, when they only had one exhibit up (this did mean free entry!). Nonetheless, we loved our visit. The staff were very nice and talked us through the exhibit which was up (on the history of medicine in Portland). The youtube videos on display were a nice touch. At no point did we feel rushed, despite the small size of the Society's building. I will definitely come back again when next in town.
Written April 12, 2019
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