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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Cool building!

I went on a rainy foggy day so my views were not great. But the guide was knowledgeable and the... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
brandkim2004
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Gilboa, New York
Good view

The observatory has a good view after you've climbed over 100 rather steep steps. The history of... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
John B
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Boston, Massachusetts
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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird's-eye view of Portland and the harbor.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guided tour” (39 reviews)
“worth the climb” (11 reviews)
“munjoy hill” (18 reviews)
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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+1 207-774-5561
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"guided tour"
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"worth the climb"
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"munjoy hill"
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"interesting history"
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"ships coming"
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"great view of the city"
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"volunteer docents"
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"great history lesson"
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"aaa discount"
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"walk up"
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"worth the effort"
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"casco bay"
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"admission fee"
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"well worth the visit"
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"answer questions"
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I went on a rainy foggy day so my views were not great. But the guide was knowledgeable and the history of the structure was worth the reduced rate I paid.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

The observatory has a good view after you've climbed over 100 rather steep steps. The history of the building is interesting. It's a 20 minute or more walk from the old port. I would recommend driving since it's in a neighborhood on a hill with...More

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

We used to live next to this wonderful Portland landmark on Munjoy Hill. Be sure to go up to the top for a panoramic view of the harbor and city. A truly Maine gem.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by to look at the site. Two ladies gave us a wealth of information on the tower, the three Light houses that are close to the site. Also a very good dining establishment was also passed on to us. A foggy day but a...More

Thank Fred S
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Weren't sure what to expect when we stopped here. Was a slightly foggy day and were only charged local rates! Highly recommend taking a guided tour. Very interesting history about this structure. Our guide was very knowledgeable; each floor holds another tidbit of history. Takes...More

Thank KFig84
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Portland Observatory is definitely something you should do on a sunny clear day. Why? Because aside from the great historical information provided to you by the knowledgeable tour guides (TAKE THE TOUR!!! It's wonderful! and not long.) the views of Portland are incredible from...More

Thank Jessica M. M
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was a great stop for us. we were able to get great views of the city from here...it doesn't look high from below. do the guided tour!

Thank emji2016
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Have you ever gone somewhere and encountered a group of people who really love what they do, and this makes the experience even better? My BF and I went on this tour at the end of the day, wandering in and looking to learn more...More

Thank Jillian K
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

What an impressive piece of history! I really enjoyed this attraction. We climbed all 108 stairs to the top for some spectacular views via the self guided tour route as we had kids who wouldn't be patient enough for the guided tour. The kids enjoyed...More

Thank kcortave
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Portland Observatory is SUCH a gem. First, it's over two hundred years old and very much reflects the history of Portland itself. Their excellent volunteer docents will give you a perfect overview of both the Observatory and the city's history. But the real win...More

1  Thank Merin G
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739jennifere
1 September 2017|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
From their website: "Open every day until October 9, 2017 10 am - 4:30 pm"
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Joe C
13 August 2017|
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Response from crloganphila | Reviewed this property |
not required for guided we did our own self tour but ended up speaking to a guide and they do know so much interesting information
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Hyeonju L
25 July 2017|
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Response from JeannieSM | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the street parking does have a time limit. I can't remember if it was a 2 or 3 hour time limit, but you can probably do the entire Portland Observatory tour (even the one with the tour guide) in about an hour.
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