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Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

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Address: 226 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011-3303
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+1 207-729-6606

The home of the former governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College.

The home of the former governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College.

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Worth the trip if you are in the area

If you get a good docent, then they will give you a great tour with a great deal of information about the house and Joshua Chamberlain's connection with Bowdoin college (right... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Linda O
Cranford, New Jersey
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Cranford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

If you get a good docent, then they will give you a great tour with a great deal of information about the house and Joshua Chamberlain's connection with Bowdoin college (right across the street). The tour will also explain about his family. Quite interesting.

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Love this venue. A great great grandfather graduated from the Bowdoin College medical school in 1882 when Joshua Chamberlain was the college president and back when they actually had a medical school. Thus a connection of sorts. The museum is fascinating and all artifacts well presented and displayed. Even Canadians can be huge American Civil War buffs. A must visit... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Well worth the drive to Brunswick, Chamberlain's home is across the street from Bowdoin College and a short walk to the cemetery where he is buried. Amazing artifacts on display, our docent gave wonderful insight into Chamberlain's personal, military, and professional life.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Joshua L. Chamberlain was a Civil War Union Brigadier General, Governor and President of Bowdoin College. This museum provides an excellent perspective of Maine and the life of this very interesting and important man. He fought at Gettysburg and the house has artifacts from his life as a General. The house has been reconstructed with original artifacts as well as... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

The home of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain on the campus of Bowdoin College gives insight into the life of one of the great heroes of the Civil War. It was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a professor of rhetoric at Bowdoin College, who saved the day at Gettysburg by defending Little Round Top, which had it fallen, would have lost the battle for... More 

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Plains, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Being Civil War buffs we stopped by the museum on Weds., Sept. 21st. Upon entry we encountered a staff person seated at the desk who was having a bad day or is like that all the time. She is described as having green hair, heavy set. She was most unfriendly, almost to the point of being hostile. She was annoyed... More 

Thank larryplainspa
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Joshua Chamberlain's family life revolved around this two-story early 19th Century jewel in the rough. The house passed through several hands after Chamberlains death but has been largely restored with original furniture and Chamberlain artifacts and family photos by the local historical society. The volunteer guide offered us a full hour of artfully delivered details about his family and his... More 

Thank sarazen
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Joshua Chamberlain museum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged questions. We never felt rushed. If you are a history buff, don't miss this stop.

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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Joshua Chamberlain Museum honors the life of one of Maine's most distinguished citizens. We had an excellent docent. He was well-informed and enthusiastic and told the story of how Chamberlain made the transition from Bowdoin professor to self-taught Union general. Well worth a stop on your way up the Maine coast. Don't miss paying your respects at Chamberlain's grave... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Nice step back in history. Ted was very knowledgeable and willing to answer many questions. Wonderful trip for a cloudy day. Like history came alive. Went on to see Chamberlain's burial site.

Thank Carol J

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