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Wonderful tour!

A tour of this museum gives the visitor a good look at so much: the life of Peaks Island, the... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
HappyTraveler545
Cute museum, worth the $5

It does cost $5 to enter the museum but it had a lot of local history and civil war artifacts. Very... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

A tour of this museum gives the visitor a good look at so much: the life of Peaks Island, the history of the Civil War and its people, battles and artifacts, interesting late 19th century architecture, and a lovely garden. The exhibits are clear and well-presented, and the curator, Holly, is very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to coming back.

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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

It does cost $5 to enter the museum but it had a lot of local history and civil war artifacts. Very good views from the porch! Stop for a while it’s worth the money!

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Deep in Maine history. Makes for a great location for a wedding (my brothers) with wonderful views of Whitehead Passage, Cushing Island, Ram Island, and the Atlantic Ocean. Take a tour of the rich history of the 5th Maine, Come to view Art on the Porch in the Summer,or schedule an event for a wedding or other function.

Thank stephendecoste
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

The 5th Maine commemorates the 5th Maine regiment that fought in the Civil War. It has archives of the soldiers writings, war mementos and many dcivil war artifacts. The regiment house offers tours of the regiment house or you can visit and go through it on yo0ur own. It is rented out for weddings and events. Once a year they have an end of season Harvest Dinner to raise money for their programs and for building upkeep. The cost is $20 and it is held Columbus Day Weekend.

Thank Russell B
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

My wife and I were spending the day on Peaks Island and came across the Museum while riding our tandem bike around the island. It was an interesting and charming place to stop, especially since we enjoy exploring historical sites. There is no charge to visit, but they do request a recommended $5 donation when you enter.

It's a wonderful old lodge that has been converted to a museum and dedicated to two subjects. The main level is items and the history of the 5th Maine that served with distinction in the Union Army during the Civil War. While not as famous as the 20th Maine, the 5th served with distinction and contributed to the Union victory. There are great photos and artifacts from the war. The docent working was especially helpful.

The upper floor of the building is for the history of Peaks Island. The island located outside the Portland harbor has played a role in American history for several hundred years. From a military installation to protect the harbor to the current homes on the island, it's interesting to explore.

After spending a few minutes exploring the museum, we bought a couple bottles of water from the docent and continued our bike trip around the island. Well worth the stop.

Thank William N
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We had a great stay in a beautiful room with Ocean views, sea breezes and sunlight pouring in from four big windows. The people who run this place couldn't be more helpful.

Thank Dorothy D
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We loved this museum. We were not sure what to expect but it was very interesting. The guide was very helpful and entertaining. She kept the whole family engaged. The views are amazing from the deck. It's a must see on the island.

Thank travelsforworkBoston
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Went to Peaks with 3 grandkids, ages 12 and 10. Stopped in to visit this museum. First, there are great views from the porch. Next there is really interesting civil war memorabilia. Finally, the volunteer docent gave us a lot of really interesting information. My youngest grandchild, the 10 year old, really enjoyed himself.
As a museum bonus, upstairs is the story when during WW2 they built a gun battery, Stevens Battery. It housed two 16 inch guns. They had some stories from some of the service men which were fascinating.
The museum asked for a donation, which we gladly rendered. It was well worth it. By the way, bathrooms are at a premium on the island and they have them.

Thank Thomas K
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

A real gem of a place to stop and spend some time learning about the history of the Maine 5th Regiment. Very active regiment in the Civil War. The building has been restored lovingly and the docents are terrific. They are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about both the Civil War era as well as the Island history. We spent well over an hour in here. As a history buff, I really appreciated the fine collection of civil war relics. Amazing stop. Not to be missed if you enjoy history.

Thank BellaD00
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Stopped in on our ride around PI, learned that is was retreat location for the Veterans. Cool history, admission by donation, great archives and knowledgeable volunteers.

Thank Sara H
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