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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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This is not really a museum sharing the history of Maine it is mostly an excellent research... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2018
Ajaxme
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Windham, Maine
The History Museum Doesn't Actually Include Much History At All!

I had hoped to visit both the museum and the Longfellow House however unfortunately the house was... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2018
VikkiBee
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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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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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

This is not really a museum sharing the history of Maine it is mostly an excellent research library. There is just a small exhibit which is currently about Maine food - likely better to visit in the summer when you can also tour the Longfellow...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your visit and your review! It sounds like from your review you were able to visit the library - which is not only lovely but houses collections essential to the study of Maine and New England history. Thanks again for your visit!

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

I had hoped to visit both the museum and the Longfellow House however unfortunately the house was closed. It didn't bother me too much though as really I wanted to learn about Maine's history as a state. The museum only cost $8 and it’s quite...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi VikkiBee and thanks so much for your review! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and detail, and we have shared your thoughts among our staff so we are positioning our museum gallery exhibitions appropriately to meet our guests' expectations. Our comic artists exhibition was a direct...More

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Reviewed March 6, 2018

We stopped in for a visit last Saturday. The exhibit on food and people from Maine was interesting and educational. It was informative to learn about the connection of food and canning industry. A great place to visit for a few hours.

Thank Bob C
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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Bob - thanks for your visit! We're delighted that you enjoyed the Maine Eats exhibition!

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

Had a great time doing the Longfellow Haunted House tour. James was an amazing tour guide and you can tell he really loves the subject matter. Highly recommend as a Halloween excursion.

Thank Sean M
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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

Thank you for your review, Sean! Glad you enjoyed the Longfellow's Haunted House tour!

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Very clever folks are working here. The exhibits are brilliant and well presented and enjoyed. The book shop is fascinating and worthy your browsing. The historic Longfellow House just next door. Job well done everyone involved

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2017

Thank you so much for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we are thrilled that you browsed our museum store and saw some great items. We appreciate your feedback!

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Great Place To Visit, The Longfellow House Next Door Is Awesome. The Presentations They Put On Are Great and Very Informative, They Also Do Historical Walks Around Portland.

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

Unfortunately, this has people working within the building, so you don't really feel comfortable to spend a lot of time here. However, it is located next to the wadsworth-longfellow house so it is worth a peak inside. It is a beautiful building and wonderfully preserved.More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2017

Hi Cyndi -Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate it! I'm curious - which building are you referring to not feeling comfortable spending time in? The museum building or the Longfellow House? We want to ensure our guests have an excellent experience in all...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2017

We took a 90 minute walking tour on Friday afternoon. The guide - a professor at a local university - was both a friendly guide and a well-informed and experienced presenter. We enjoyed Professor Voyer's well-organized and informative talk. He answered all our questions and...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2017

We enjoyed the window teaser of an exhibit on trade posters and spent some time in their shop as well as in the Longfellow house. Trade posters are clever and fun and the shop is small, but with a very well chosen selection of stock....More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

Stop in to the gift shop, enjoy one of the rotating exhibits, take a lovely house tour, or settle in for some serious research all in the heart of Portland!

Thank Dianei
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The sounds like today and tomorrow. I would check their web site or even give them a call.
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Maine Historical Society Hours: June - Oct: M-Tu-W-F-Sa, 10-5 Th 10-7 Su 12-5 Frequent special programs and lectures extend the hours .
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