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“A museum worth the visit”

Maine Jewish Museum
Ranked #40 of 153 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: A turn of the century immigrant era synagogue celebrating Jewish art, history, and culture in downtown Portland.
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Not a large museum by any means but worth the visit. This is the way to learn about the interesting Jewish community of Portland - the history is fascinating. The museum is located in side Congregation Etz Chaim which is one of the oldest synagogues in the city. This too is well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

The Maine Jewish Museum is a charming little museum and art gallery that deserves a visit. Like the rest of Portland it is an easily walkable destination on the east side of town. The small art gallery and history museum is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who we found to be knowledgeable and passionate about their fledgling endeavor. The upstairs museum contains Interesting displays on the Maine Jewish summer camps and the history of Jews in the state. Although the art gallery was between shows when we visited, they often host interesting art and artists. The building also contains two pretty meeting rooms for worship, weddings and other events. The upstairs main temple is especially beautiful. Well worth a visit to learn about this relatively little-known bit of Maine history. At the time we were there they were installing an elevator to the second floor.

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

small building to see haven't been in it was at the closed first museum in maine would liked to have seen the inside

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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The only negative is that the synagogue is upstairs and not accessible for those with physical imitations .They do however ,have a chair lift .

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Ani267, Manager at Maine Jewish Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2013

Thanks for your comments, Brooklyn1612! We're happy to let our visitors know that expansion is underway. This includes a 4 story elevator and new handicapped-accessible bathrooms. Please come back again in the spring - you'll find increased accessibility and a new art exhibit and expanded historical exhibits.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Not much of a museum but glad we spent a half hour here. The synagogue and its history are fascinating and it was great to hear how it has been rejuvenated. They really appreciate visitors and make you feel right at home. You should be able to find short term street parking. Don't forget to leave a small donation.

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