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South Portland Historical Society Museum

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Address: 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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This place is a treasure with everything from WW2 ship building to 30s and 40s schools. See the various "neighborhoods" of SP and the o so good research area. And a great gift... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ann S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a treasure with everything from WW2 ship building to 30s and 40s schools. See the various "neighborhoods" of SP and the o so good research area. And a great gift shop. Best of all....admittance is free! !

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the time to find this hidden gem. The museum, the park, the lighthouse, bring a kite, bring a lunch, spend some quality time enjoying all this little hidden corner in South Portland has to offer. Sit and watch the ocean, cruise ships passing, sailboats sailing, and take a step back in time, go through this wonderful museum with... More 

Thank Colleen S
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is always friendly and helpful. So many beautiful pictures and exhibits of South Portland through the years. Buglight Park borders the museum as well as the Public boat ramp, great place for the 4th of July, watching the fireworks acrosse Casco Bay!

Thank Karen M
Portland, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful little museum. It has a nice amount of information about South Portland. I was there looking for information about the Liberty ships that were built in that area.

Thank k0sg00d
South Portland, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This charming little museum is filled with many interesting artifacts and pictures. The docents are engaging and well informed. Admission is free and there is a gift shop stocked with locally made items. Located in the picturesque Bug Light Park, everyone could benefit from a visit. Truly a hidden gem!

Thank jodip67
Portland, Oregon
1 review
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Located at the gateway to Bug Light Park, the South Portland Historical Society Museum is indeed a gem of area treasures to be explored and enjoyed. Docents will greet you and lend to your enjoyment and knowledge. Admission is free and benefits abound!

Thank meastma2
South Portland
2 reviews
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This fascinating museum is located perfectly - the exhibits and the setting itself working in concert to re-present the rich history of ship building, shipping, and City of South Portland. Just a few hundred yards from an outdoor display of the building of Liberty Ships during World War II, the museum has a permanent display telling the story of these... More 

Thank Linwood A
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

A visit to Bug Light Park takes in a great view of Portland Harbor, South Portland Bug Lighthouse and the Liberty Ship Memorial and the best little South Portland Historical Society Museum. It is a place where one can visit alone or with family and friends. This museum is smack in the middle of what use to be a WWII... More 

Thank Sharyn D
Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

South Portland is a terrific city - often missed by visitors on the other side of the harbor. But if you're looking for lighthouses and local color don't miss this. The historic building isn't large but the permanent exhibits give a fine overview, and the rotating exhibits are always intriguing. A nice little gift shop and friendly volunteers are a... More 

Thank John M
Hudson, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

If you are visiting Bug Light, you should also check out this and the Liberty Ship Memorial. And if you are a history buff, this is almost a must see. Lots of information on the Liberty Ships that were built in this area during WWII. Lots of other history about South Portland. Museum staff were terrific, very friendly, and love... More 

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