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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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A Step Back in Time

The Maine Historical Society is, in essence, the Wadsworth-Longfellow Home that has been preserved... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2014
David E
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Los Angeles, California
Great for History or Literature Lovers

On my way from Ogunquit to Freeport, stopped here at my elderly mother's request - Longfellow is... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2014
wheresthebeach123
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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 22 October 2014

The Maine Historical Society is, in essence, the Wadsworth-Longfellow Home that has been preserved as it was during the years that Longfellow lived there. Not preserved in the sense of recreated -- but preserved in that when it was left to the Society nothing was...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2014

On my way from Ogunquit to Freeport, stopped here at my elderly mother's request - Longfellow is her favorite. I was able to pick up books and a CD for her. A tour of Longfellow's boyhood home was just leaving as I arrived. The place...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2014

The Maine Historical Society has a very extensive research library with a vast Maine genealogical collection. There is also a small, well curated museum. The Society has an early printed copy of the Declaration of Independence. The most innovative aspect of the Maine Historical Society,...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2014

If you go to a museum in Maine go to the one in Augusta! This is not really a museum but a display of history of Portland. Pretty disappointing.

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Reviewed 1 September 2014

I had an afternoon to kill while in Portland for business and took their walking tour of Portland. I really enjoyed this. It was a great way to see the city core and learn about Portland's history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Nice casual tour of Longfellows boyhood home. Interesting and up close unlike other historical home tours. Very personal feel. Came with my kids 12, 10 & 4 and it held the interest of the older ones no problem ( the younger one simply enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

The entire display was devoted to Maine in the civil war, and it was very well done, with nice artifacts and good narrative.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

When visiting Portland, I would recommend that you take the time to visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow house on Congress Street. The MHS has done an excellent job of maintaining the building and its furniture, and it's a really neat and interesting tour.

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

I've donated old photos of Peaks Island to the MHS, and they were kind enough to give me a few free tickets to see their Civil War exhibit, which I thought was very interesting. There were personal letters, logs, photos, and things I wouldn't have...More

1  Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

The exhibitions are interesting and very focused on important local issues. The recent Civil War exhibition was stunningly good. Theirs is really a campus, with the Longfellow House and the library/archives/ancestry research center. If you haven''t been, then you have missed one of Portland's and...More

1  Thank Drew M
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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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