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Address: 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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+1 207-774-5561
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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of...

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.

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We had a great tour from Karen. She knew lots of fun facts not only about the building but also about the family. She also had some interesting information about the Great... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Ruthann B
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great tour from Karen. She knew lots of fun facts not only about the building but also about the family. She also had some interesting information about the Great Portland Fire. If you like to go up in high towers for city views this is a great place to see Portland.

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Thank Ruthann B
Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

The observatory has quite the interesting history and construction (we learned about it on the Firetruck tour first). Beautiful view from the top and there was a docent at the beginning and the end to answer questions.Not a toughwalkbut there are 104 steps to the top.

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Thank Megan R
Rhinebeck, New York
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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This structure has an interesting history and a fantastic view, but it is overpriced. I recommend this if you have a lot of time, a big budget, and an interest in maritime history. Otherwise, pass on it, and do leave your kids at home. Ours were bored out of their minds.

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Thank msd0728
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

The Observatory is the last of its kind and the staff were really knowledgeable and passionate about its history. Amazing views of Portland from the top, well worth the 104 step climb.

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Thank HarryR32
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

The congierge of our hotel recommanded us a visit. But we were very disappointed. The building looks like a decor and the spot is dull.

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Thank Ronald B
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Well laid out with historical exhibits on the 1st floor & on landings as you climb up. Pleasant docents, & fair admission amount. Views from windows give a great panorama of Portland!

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Thank jovi1947
Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Historic 1800's observatory. challenging and fun to climb stairs. interesting tours. nice to get away from jammed streets and stores to explore this on eastern end of the main street (COngress St) of town

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Thank Mainseagull
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

The ladies that were running this joint were awesome. Very nice and knowledgeable. The stairs are steep but worth the view at the top. Lots of history!

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Thank D4788KPjessicab
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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

For 30$ you get to climb to the top of the old Portland Observatory. It's 104 steps to the top and the view is breathtaking. If your out of shape the walk up the steps is also breathtaking. However, doubt fret the history lessen on the way up will allow some rest time without the guilt. Picture oasis.

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Thank Michelle H
Phippsburg, Maine
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I climbed the Portland Observatory with an 86 year old friend. When the people tending the Observatory that day saw my friend, they gave us what, I think, was a special tour. Our tour leader, Stacy, stopped and told us things about the history of the Observatory at every level (climb a flight of stairs/sit and get some info) so... More 

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