We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number:
+1 207-774-5561

In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of...

In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird's-eye view of Portland and the harbor.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 342 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 208
  • 98
    Very good
  • 16
  • 4
  • 1
Sweet little spot with a beautiful view of Portland

This is definitely a place to visit in Portland. You'll learn about its history and its importance to the city and the East Coast. Plus, you'll get a beautiful view of the city on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Thais V
New York City, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

342 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 327: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a place to visit in Portland. You'll learn about its history and its importance to the city and the East Coast. Plus, you'll get a beautiful view of the city on the last floor. The staff is also really nice and kind.

Thank Thais V
Jamestown, RI
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Portland is a visually attractive town and its sits on a gorgeous harbor. From the observatory, you can see virtually all of it. The observatory itself is a fascinating building.

Thank Eugene M
Garland, Texas
Level Contributor
93 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Pretty neat observatory. I've been to a few and this one is different. Kind of small but definitely had a good visit. Located right in the middle of a neighborhood. Not too much parking.

Thank JohnaArmistead
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 January 2017

what a beautiful observatory., I could overlook all of portland. and the view was Fabulous.i would recommend this to everyone to visit.

1 Thank davis688
Cold Spring, New York
Level Contributor
250 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

A bit of a walk to the top but once there , views are excellent, 360 degrees around Portland. Docent was able to give us a bit of history which added to the visit. It became cloudy as we were finishing up on top and we were offered a refund on our admission fee but we declined. Nice gesture on... More 

1 Thank Afoodie65
Groton, Connecticut
Level Contributor
138 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Climb the 104 steps including the 17 outside leading to the building (87 steps were actually inside). There was some heavy fog so we couldn’t see much, but it was still a nice view from what we saw. The volunteer at the top was very knowledgeable and nice to talk to.

Thank jlgsgirl
Anaheim, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My brother's fiance wanted to check out this place during out cruise, and let me just say, "Go See It!" Take the guided tour and enjoy the amazing history of this place. it's a bit of a climb up the stairs, but well worth the effort (great view on top as well). The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the... More 

3 Thank Veronica P
Ilford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
84 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We walked up to the Observatory after having taken a trolley tour and decided to take the narrated tour (no extra cost). Our guide was very knowledgable and gave us loads of information about the history of the observatory and of Portland itself. Greta views of Portland from the top

Thank Steve R
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

My husband and I walked to the observatory from Commerical Street where we were staying. We decided to take the tour which last about 30 minutes. We happened to be the only ones in the observatory so we had the chance to have a private tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and clearly enjoyed sharing the history of the building.... More 

Thank karajohnson1011
Salem MA
Level Contributor
30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a lighthouse lover then it's worth the walk to see the Observatory. It looks exactly like a lighthouse and it is very well maintained. We did not go inside, as it was a $10 admission charge for each adult.

1 Thank Susan T

Travellers who viewed Portland Observatory also viewed


Been to Portland Observatory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Portland Observatory and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Portland Observatory staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?