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Maine Historical Society

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fantastic stop for history buffs

The two exhibits we saw, Maine Eats and aerial news photos from the 20th century, were both... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jerseyjazz
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Maine Eats!

a ticketed entry or a free add on included in your purchase of a ticket to the Henry Wadsworth... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2018
Susan C
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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...more
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The two exhibits we saw, Maine Eats and aerial news photos from the 20th century, were both wonderful. Entertaining and informative at the same time. There's a nice little bookshop/giftshop too. Really enjoyed spending time here.

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

a ticketed entry or a free add on included in your purchase of a ticket to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House... As a bonus to the Longfellow house it was great, an informative way to spend the time waiting on the tour to start. It's...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed August 9, 2018

I learned about local foods as well as local cultures such as Bantu and Armenian people who moved to Portland and brought their cuisines. Interested in local Passamaquoddy political art? Their link to local maple syrup? Want to visit the lovely garden behind the museum?...More

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MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed July 10, 2018

The staff was very nice and the gift shop has some great little finds for those that like history. The have several exhibits but we did not go through because of lack of time on your trip.

Thank Lynne D
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 June 19, 2018

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!

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 June 19, 2018

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

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
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!

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
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!

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

Thank CS1Portland
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!

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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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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