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“Unexpected Treat and Intriguing”

Maine Jewish Museum
Ranked #35 of 146 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.
Portland, Maine
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Unexpected Treat and Intriguing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The building that hosts the Maine Jewish Museum is also a temple in use, which makes it doubly interesting to visit. It is lovely outside and in. The art exhibits were simply hung and otherwise completely engaging. It is a brief stop, but it is very worthwhile.

Visited April 2014
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English first
New England
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A museum worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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massachusetts
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Charming little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2013
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Branford, Connecticut, United States
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“building”
3 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited February 2013
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Oceanside, New York
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 .

Visited October 2013
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Ani267, Manager at Maine Jewish Museum, responded to this review, 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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