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Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Lovely gift shop!

MHS has a wonderful gift shop and great selection of books about Maine and Portland specifically... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Linda R
Friendswood, United States
Poor Exhibit

For $8 per person this was a disappointing museum. Two exhibits of the formation of Acadia National... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2016
Robby S
via mobile
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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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
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,...More

1  Thank Robby S
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...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2016

During our recent trip to Portland we happened upon the Maine Historical Society. We initially went inside to look at the books displayed in the window, but learned that there was an exhibit featuring a local street artist and a second exhibit about the various...More

Thank Chelsea A
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We were interested in learning something about the history of Maine. Instead we paid $7 dollars a piece to walk around an exhibit of about 14 immigrants to Maine and their life stories. This in no way gave us insight into Maine's history. We were...More

1  Thank Layla13
Reviewed 23 April 2016

The Maine Historical Society, located next to Longfellow's home is worth a visit when you are in Portland. The exhibits have moved far beyond the "stuffy" historical collections of the past. The current exhibit looks at the waves on immigrants who have landed in Maine...More

Thank pamvose
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We were planning to just peek inside, but ended up spending quite a bit of time, exploring not only the beautiful, recently-restored building, but all of the amazing treasures on the shelves and walls. We especially enjoyed the historic maps. And the staff were eager...More

Thank Susan C H
Reviewed 11 April 2016

I'm not from Maine but I had an hour to wait for an appointment and I like historical societies, so why not? Nice exhibit on diversity in Maine, several nice displays of materials and scrapbooks, and a nice gift shop.

Thank Loribbb
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Beyond the stuffy sounding name, is an exciting organization that understands that history is not always what we want but what we need. As Portland has moved into the 21st Century, the 'Face', the culture, and skin color has changed. The Maine Historical Society celebrates...More

Thank painter04646
Reviewed 16 September 2015

The exhibit area is nicely done with historic maps, photos, and plans of the early days of Portland. Descriptions of major events occurring in Portland, major figures in its history and its place in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War are displayed and interesting...More

1  Thank lsihrofhhisc
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30 October 2015|
Response from TundraJayco | Reviewed this property |
The sounds like today and tomorrow. I would check their web site or even give them a call.
28 June 2015|
Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
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 .