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“Beautiful historic home” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Victoria Mansion

Victoria Mansion
Ranked #9 of 141 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Our history, a quick tour, and our present-day efforts at restoring the Mansion convey an impression of the significance of this unique site, which is of national and even international importance.
Portland
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74 reviews
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“Beautiful historic home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lived in Portland for nearly all my life and often drove past this beautiful old home without ever visiting. When my dear friend came from Germany for a week during the Holidays I thought this was the perfect opportunity. We were not dissappointed! I found the ticket reasonable when one considers how much it cost to renovate a home of this scale- while maintaining the historical integrity. Just one look at what they accomplished in the 'Turkish smoking room" was enough to validate. Those fabics and the trim, tassles, upholstery- amazing. I can't wait to visit again and watch the progress. I will go again when they reopen in the spring - so I may see it with out the holiday greenery. Perhaps there are some old photos dipicting the run down state it had been and the major renovations done to date.
The Docents were very knowlegable and were able to answer all the questions I had at the time. To think it had been without a roof due to a hurrican in the early part of the last century. They have repaired so much but there is still more to do.
Lovely little gift shop as well.

Visited December 2012
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Marlton, New Jersey
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“Interesting Mansion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We went to this in September. You could not take pictures inside because they had books for you to buy instead so as a consequence, I do not remember much about it except that it was nice and that you could see the harbor area from the upstairs windows. I remember it as being nice and that it was in a neighborhood of homes and there was road construction down the street. There is also a gift shop on the premises. Our tour guide was very good and informative.

Visited September 2012
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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“A gem in our city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Portland is historic, but not often in the way of glamour and old world money. What one sees in other coastal communities like Newport you won't readily find here in the still working class city. The Victoria Mansion is a surprising find in the middle of Portland, a turn-of-the-century relic that has been cared for by both its residents and now its caretakers to show off many architectural, design and artwork styles not found anywhere else in Portland. Our school children visit the mansion annually when they are in the third grade as a part of their Portland unit. They first learn about the time and how different things would have been for children of that age, from manners to dress to the conveniences we would not have found then. They then get a tour of the home, and are surprisingly pleased given their ages. As an adult, I've seen the mansion three times, once as a chaperone for the kids and twice during Christmas with family. It's a lovely building full of delightful artwork and it never ceases to amaze me how much of the original home and its contents have been preserved. Those in charge of its care must make difficult choices as to what to repair and refurbish with the little money they have. In my view they are doing a good job with those choices, especially with the recent renovation to the smoking lounge that looks spectacular. As a side note, the gift shop is fantastic - not overpriced at all, full of wonderful items including local artisans' wares. You can go without museum admission anytime the museum is open.

Visited December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Went during the Christmas holidays, the whole house was beautifully decorated! Each room was done by a different florist or decorating company in Portland. THe docents were well informed and the guide book was excellent. As a college student it only cost $ 7 to get in, (when you show your ID). I recommend this historic house to anyone taking a trip to Portland! *Not a good place to go if you can't walk up stairs*

Visited January 2013
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Minnesota
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“Victoria Mansion”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We visited over the Christmas holiday, and the place had been decorated for the occasion.Over the top, kitchy and grossly overpriced. The house itself is pretty tacky, and in need of refurbishing, but the charge of $12.50 p.p was way out of line!

Visited December 2012
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