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Maine Historical Society

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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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+1 207-774-1822

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Icy Afternoon Indoors

During our recent trip to Portland we happened upon the Maine Historical Society. We initially went inside to look at the books displayed in the window, but learned that there was... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Chelsea A
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

During our recent trip to Portland we happened upon the Maine Historical Society. We initially went inside to look at the books displayed in the window, but learned that there was an exhibit featuring a local street artist and a second exhibit about the various populations that have immigrated to Maine throughout history. I was particularly interested in the immigration... More 

Thank Chelsea A
Chantilly, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

We were interested in learning something about the history of Maine. Instead we paid $7 dollars a piece to walk around an exhibit of about 14 immigrants to Maine and their life stories. This in no way gave us insight into Maine's history. We were very disappoointed and did not feel it was worth the charge.

1 Thank Layla13
Falmouth, Maine
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

The Maine Historical Society, located next to Longfellow's home is worth a visit when you are in Portland. The exhibits have moved far beyond the "stuffy" historical collections of the past. The current exhibit looks at the waves on immigrants who have landed in Maine throughout the centuries. It is very well done and full of great visuals and interesting... More 

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Reviewed 20 April 2016

We were planning to just peek inside, but ended up spending quite a bit of time, exploring not only the beautiful, recently-restored building, but all of the amazing treasures on the shelves and walls. We especially enjoyed the historic maps. And the staff were eager to help.

Thank Susan C H
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

I'm not from Maine but I had an hour to wait for an appointment and I like historical societies, so why not? Nice exhibit on diversity in Maine, several nice displays of materials and scrapbooks, and a nice gift shop.

Thank Loribbb
Islesford, Maine
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

Beyond the stuffy sounding name, is an exciting organization that understands that history is not always what we want but what we need. As Portland has moved into the 21st Century, the 'Face', the culture, and skin color has changed. The Maine Historical Society celebrates the diversity Records and makes visible both triumphs and sad truths. Who knew that Maine... More 

Thank painter04646
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

The exhibit area is nicely done with historic maps, photos, and plans of the early days of Portland. Descriptions of major events occurring in Portland, major figures in its history and its place in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War are displayed and interesting facts are captured in the video. The exhibit room is much larger and more extensive... More 

1 Thank lsihrofhhisc
Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

If you want a taste of Portland and Maine History this is the place to check out. A great little gift shop is a fine place to pick up quality books and Maine gifts. Next to the Longfellow House which is another top spot to visit.

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Reviewed 7 August 2015

Lots to see, and we didn't have time for it all, hence 4 stars. Knowledgeable staff and very informative.

Thank Sarah L
Shoreview, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 August 2015

We especially enjoyed the guided tour of Longfellow's home! Very informative and interesting! We also found some nice values in the gift shop.

1 Thank Gregg H

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