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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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We enjoyed the two exhibits in the museum, especially the one depicting immigration in Maine. It... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
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Icy Afternoon Indoors

During our recent trip to Portland we happened upon the Maine Historical Society. We initially went... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2016
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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 United States! Our one–acre campus is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. MHS's campus is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, and the MHS Research Library. We also manage Maine's digital museum: Maine Memory Network. Winter Opening Hours (Oct-May) Gallery + Store: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Longfellow House: Closed until May 1, 2018 Longfellow Garden: Closed until May 1, 2018 Brown Library: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm Administrative Offices: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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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...More

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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...More

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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...More

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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...More

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Reviewed 21 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...More

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Reviewed 11 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.

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Reviewed 21 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...More

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Reviewed 16 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...More

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Reviewed 15 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...More

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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.

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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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