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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Haunted Houses Tour was Great!

Had a great time doing the Longfellow Haunted House tour. James was an amazing tour guide and you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sean M
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Portland, Maine
Must pop in to the store and collections

Very clever folks are working here. The exhibits are brilliant and well presented and enjoyed. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CS1Portland
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Portland, Maine
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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 2 weeks ago

Had a great time doing the Longfellow Haunted House tour. James was an amazing tour guide and you can tell he really loves the subject matter. Highly recommend as a Halloween excursion.

Thank Sean M
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, Sean! Glad you enjoyed the Longfellow's Haunted House tour!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very clever folks are working here. The exhibits are brilliant and well presented and enjoyed. The book shop is fascinating and worthy your browsing. The historic Longfellow House just next door. Job well done everyone involved

Thank CS1Portland
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we are thrilled that you browsed our museum store and saw some great items. We appreciate your feedback!

Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Great Place To Visit, The Longfellow House Next Door Is Awesome. The Presentations They Put On Are Great and Very Informative, They Also Do Historical Walks Around Portland.

Thank Justlikehavingfun
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Unfortunately, this has people working within the building, so you don't really feel comfortable to spend a lot of time here. However, it is located next to the wadsworth-longfellow house so it is worth a peak inside. It is a beautiful building and wonderfully preserved.More

Thank Cyndi G
MaineHistoricalSoc, Public Relations Manager at Maine Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Cyndi -Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate it! I'm curious - which building are you referring to not feeling comfortable spending time in? The museum building or the Longfellow House? We want to ensure our guests have an excellent experience in all...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

We took a 90 minute walking tour on Friday afternoon. The guide - a professor at a local university - was both a friendly guide and a well-informed and experienced presenter. We enjoyed Professor Voyer's well-organized and informative talk. He answered all our questions and...More

Thank RCP012
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We enjoyed the window teaser of an exhibit on trade posters and spent some time in their shop as well as in the Longfellow house. Trade posters are clever and fun and the shop is small, but with a very well chosen selection of stock....More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Stop in to the gift shop, enjoy one of the rotating exhibits, take a lovely house tour, or settle in for some serious research all in the heart of Portland!

Thank Dianei
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We went for the Wadsworth Longfellow House tour. Viewing the museum display was a good bonus. We bought a book.

Thank KarenOxford_Ohio
Reviewed 26 April 2017 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...More

Thank mrsronnydavis
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,...More

Thank CHARLES G
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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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