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Maine Historical Society

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Always a great experience

We stop by to see the current exhibit whenever we are in Portland. the one now—Maine Eats—is a... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2018
Katherine p
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Boston, Massachusetts
fantastic stop for history buffs

The two exhibits we saw, Maine Eats and aerial news photos from the 20th century, were both... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
jerseyjazz
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A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society (MHS) is the third oldest state historical society in the...more
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

We stop by to see the current exhibit whenever we are in Portland. the one now—Maine Eats—is a fascinating history of Maine food and food customs. Great for kids as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katherine p
Reviewed 27 October 2018

The two exhibits we saw, Maine Eats and aerial news photos from the 20th century, were both wonderful. Entertaining and informative at the same time. There's a nice little bookshop/giftshop too. Really enjoyed spending time here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jerseyjazz
Reviewed 25 September 2018

a ticketed entry or a free add on included in your purchase of a ticket to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House... As a bonus to the Longfellow house it was great, an informative way to spend the time waiting on the tour to start. It's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Susan C
Reviewed 10 August 2018

I learned about local foods as well as local cultures such as Bantu and Armenian people who moved to Portland and brought their cuisines. Interested in local Passamaquoddy political art? Their link to local maple syrup? Want to visit the lovely garden behind the museum?...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kcdenman
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 11 July 2018

The staff was very nice and the gift shop has some great little finds for those that like history. The have several exhibits but we did not go through because of lack of time on your trip.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lynne D
Reviewed 20 April 2018

This is not really a museum sharing the history of Maine it is mostly an excellent research library. There is just a small exhibit which is currently about Maine food - likely better to visit in the summer when you can also tour the Longfellow...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ajaxme
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Thank you for your visit and your review! It sounds like from your review you were able to visit the library - which is not only lovely but houses collections essential to the study of Maine and New England history. Thanks again for your visit!

Reviewed 27 March 2018

I had hoped to visit both the museum and the Longfellow House however unfortunately the house was closed. It didn't bother me too much though as really I wanted to learn about Maine's history as a state. The museum only cost $8 and it’s quite...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank VikkiBee
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Hi VikkiBee and thanks so much for your review! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and detail, and we have shared your thoughts among our staff so we are positioning our museum gallery exhibitions appropriately to meet our guests' expectations. Our comic artists exhibition was a direct...More

Reviewed 6 March 2018

We stopped in for a visit last Saturday. The exhibit on food and people from Maine was interesting and educational. It was informative to learn about the connection of food and canning industry. A great place to visit for a few hours.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Bob C
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Bob - thanks for your visit! We're delighted that you enjoyed the Maine Eats exhibition!

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Had a great time doing the Longfellow Haunted House tour. James was an amazing tour guide and you can tell he really loves the subject matter. Highly recommend as a Halloween excursion.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Sean M
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you for your review, Sean! Glad you enjoyed the Longfellow's Haunted House tour!

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Very clever folks are working here. The exhibits are brilliant and well presented and enjoyed. The book shop is fascinating and worthy your browsing. The historic Longfellow House just next door. Job well done everyone involved

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank CS1Portland
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we are thrilled that you browsed our museum store and saw some great items. We appreciate your feedback!

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The sounds like today and tomorrow. I would check their web site or even give them a call.
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Maine Historical Society Hours: June - Oct: M-Tu-W-F-Sa, 10-5 Th 10-7 Su 12-5 Frequent special programs and lectures extend the hours .
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