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Maine Historical Society

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Address: 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
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+1 207-774-1822

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School field trip, lots of fun!

I went with my son's elementary school. The kids were learning about Maine in the old days and the famous poet, Longfellow. The tour guide was very patient and gave a great tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sebago, Maine
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Sebago, Maine
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my son's elementary school. The kids were learning about Maine in the old days and the famous poet, Longfellow. The tour guide was very patient and gave a great tour. The house is like stepping back in time. My son and I love history and learned alot!

Thank mrsronnydavis
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

We come to Portland a couple of times a year for an "urban fix" for my wife who gave up a happy life in Chicago to come to Maine to Mary me. We're both history buffs, which first brought us to the adjacent Longfellow Homestead, after which we visited the museum and spent another fascinating hour and a half. The... More 

Lewes, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank LeslieFromLewes
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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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

1 Thank VonandBecs
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mick B
Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

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

Thank Stephanie S
Portland, Maine
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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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9 reviews
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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!

Thank Linda R
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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 

1 Thank Robby S
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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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 their families. The Longfellow House was not yet open for tours when we arrived in... More 

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