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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
Phone Number: +1 207-774-1822
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Longfellow House is a don't miss.

Longfellow's home is very interesting and the guide is so enthusiastic and well informed, you feel like you are part of living history. Well worth the modest admission fee.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
LeslieFromLewes
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Lewes, Delaware
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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Longfellow's home is very interesting and the guide is so enthusiastic and well informed, you feel like you are part of living history. Well worth the modest admission fee.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The two small exhibitions here were interesting but there is no history of Portland apart from the 'great fire'. It was disappointing and expensive for what is on offer

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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visited this place near the end of our visit to Portland. How could we not. Entering this wonderfully preserved and maintained dwelling where once lived Longfellow, America's first global poet, was truly a step back in time. Our guide had a real passion for his work. The rooms, paintings, and physical objects all seemed to become more real as... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Admission price includes museum and Longfellow's home, and the tour guide was enthusiastic and very well-informed! Highly recommended.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Before touring the birthplace of American poet Henry Longfellow, a visitor can see an exhibition showing the development of Acadia National Park located on Mt. Desert Island. The Wabanakis were the original natives of the island which was explored and named by French explorer Samuel Champlain. Because the summits of the island were bare, as recorded by Champlain, the island's... More 

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Friendswood, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

MHS has a wonderful gift shop and great selection of books about Maine and Portland specifically. Nice selection of gifts and local artist. Also, the museum was wonderful!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

For $8 per person this was a disappointing museum. Two exhibits of the formation of Acadia National Park and Allagash Wilderness. In and out in 10-15 minutes. It was such a tiny exhibit: two rooms and a corridor of photos and maps, and a car, that's it. Smelled of paint fumes. Not the 4 1/2 rating I was expecting. Skip... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

We enjoyed the two exhibits in the museum, especially the one depicting immigration in Maine. It reminded us that many of us are immigrants or born of immigrants and that people can rise above prejudice and hatred to have a good life in America with their families. The Longfellow House was not yet open for tours when we arrived in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 

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Chantilly, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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.

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