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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
Phone Number: (207) 774–1822
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A Pilgrimage of Sorts

We visited this place near the end of our visit to Portland. How could we not. Entering this wonderfully preserved and maintained dwelling where once lived Longfellow, America's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The two small exhibitions here were interesting but there is no history of Portland apart from the 'great fire'. It was disappointing and expensive for what is on offer

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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this place near the end of our visit to Portland. How could we not. Entering this wonderfully preserved and maintained dwelling where once lived Longfellow, America's first global poet, was truly a step back in time. Our guide had a real passion for his work. The rooms, paintings, and physical objects all seemed to become more real as... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Admission price includes museum and Longfellow's home, and the tour guide was enthusiastic and very well-informed! Highly recommended.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Before touring the birthplace of American poet Henry Longfellow, a visitor can see an exhibition showing the development of Acadia National Park located on Mt. Desert Island. The Wabanakis were the original natives of the island which was explored and named by French explorer Samuel Champlain. Because the summits of the island were bare, as recorded by Champlain, the island's... More 

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Friendswood, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

MHS has a wonderful gift shop and great selection of books about Maine and Portland specifically. Nice selection of gifts and local artist. Also, the museum was wonderful!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

For $8 per person this was a disappointing museum. Two exhibits of the formation of Acadia National Park and Allagash Wilderness. In and out in 10-15 minutes. It was such a tiny exhibit: two rooms and a corridor of photos and maps, and a car, that's it. Smelled of paint fumes. Not the 4 1/2 rating I was expecting. Skip... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We enjoyed the two exhibits in the museum, especially the one depicting immigration in Maine. It reminded us that many of us are immigrants or born of immigrants and that people can rise above prejudice and hatred to have a good life in America with their families. The Longfellow House was not yet open for tours when we arrived in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

During our recent trip to Portland we happened upon the Maine Historical Society. We initially went inside to look at the books displayed in the window, but learned that there was an exhibit featuring a local street artist and a second exhibit about the various populations that have immigrated to Maine throughout history. I was particularly interested in the immigration... More 

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Chantilly, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We were interested in learning something about the history of Maine. Instead we paid $7 dollars a piece to walk around an exhibit of about 14 immigrants to Maine and their life stories. This in no way gave us insight into Maine's history. We were very disappoointed and did not feel it was worth the charge.

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Falmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The Maine Historical Society, located next to Longfellow's home is worth a visit when you are in Portland. The exhibits have moved far beyond the "stuffy" historical collections of the past. The current exhibit looks at the waves on immigrants who have landed in Maine throughout the centuries. It is very well done and full of great visuals and interesting... More 

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