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Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: (207) 774–1822

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Mt. Desert Island and Tour of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's.House

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were planning to just peek inside, but ended up spending quite a bit of time, exploring not only the beautiful, recently-restored building, but all of the amazing treasures on the shelves and walls. We especially enjoyed the historic maps. And the staff were eager to help.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

I'm not from Maine but I had an hour to wait for an appointment and I like historical societies, so why not? Nice exhibit on diversity in Maine, several nice displays of materials and scrapbooks, and a nice gift shop.

Thank Loribbb
Islesford, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Beyond the stuffy sounding name, is an exciting organization that understands that history is not always what we want but what we need. As Portland has moved into the 21st Century, the 'Face', the culture, and skin color has changed. The Maine Historical Society celebrates the diversity Records and makes visible both triumphs and sad truths. Who knew that Maine... More 

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