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Address: 267 Congress St, (top of India St), Portland, ME 04101-3692
Phone Number: +1 207-773-2339
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A turn of the century immigrant era synagogue celebrating Jewish art,...

A turn of the century immigrant era synagogue celebrating Jewish art, history, and culture in downtown Portland.

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A HIDDEN TREASURE TO BE EXPERIENCED!

My hubby and I went to see this Maine Jewish Museum and lo and behold we were changed by the visit. "Kinda" hidden back off the road, in a Neighborhood once nicknamed the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
whitehairedlady
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My hubby and I went to see this Maine Jewish Museum and lo and behold we were changed by the visit. "Kinda" hidden back off the road, in a Neighborhood once nicknamed the Jerusalem of the North, stands the Maine Jewish Museum (and the Etz Chaim Synagogue). In the heart of downtown Portland, with other significant historical churches for neighbors... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Came for the multi media exhibit by a Maine Jewish artist. Museum is in synagogue. Would not have known about it but saw article in the Boston Globe.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you have extra time and are interested in history, stop in this museum. It is free and there is a very knowledgeable guide. There are some very poignant stories from survivors of the Holocaust on the second floor.

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Thank Eileen F
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

A lovely synagogue is in. the midst of beautiful gardens with enough benches throughout you can spend time to sit and enjoy. Peaceful, spititual, calm, and quiet. The museum has lovely artwork and interesting exhibits as well as a memorial to the Holocaust victims and survivors. Read the stories of survivors who later settled in the Portland area. This is... More 

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Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

From the beautiful landscape and local artwork to the inspirational stories of Holocaust survivors, the Maine Jewish Museum took us a little over an hour to visit. It is a wonderfully restored synagogue and the story of its renovation is truly inspiring. Visitors can sit in the peaceful synagogue, read about the history of Maine's Jewish community, and enjoy works... More 

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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The Maine Jewish Museum has some interesting art work and exhibits that detail the history of Jewish life in Maine, including remembrances from Holocaust survivors, but also from kids who went to Jewish summer camps in the state (including several famous names). If you're Jewish, you should definitely stop by. The building also houses an active congregation.

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Thank Douglas F
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Located in an old Portland Synagogue, it was interesting to read about the the history of Maine's Jewish community, and see photos. There was also a small gallery with artwork. A bit off the beaten track, but a good stop.

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Thank KSinIL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

My wife and I learned of it when we got to Portland and looked at a website with local attractions. We spent about 75 minutes there, and would have stayed longer but it was closing time. The woman in charge was wonderfully welcoming and gave us a nice concise history of the synagogue and museum. The small sanctuary on the... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

With a recently renovated building, impressive collection of Holocaust survivor stories, and the history of Jewish summer camps, the Main Jewish Museum was surprisingly well put together and informative. Highly recommend it as part of your tour of Portland.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I practically ran to the Maine Jewish Museum so I could get there before it closed and I am glad I did. The restored synagogue is beautiful and the exhibits are very informative and well organized. I loved the information on Jewish summer camps. There was a wonderful art exhibit and several of the works are for sale - the... More 

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