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“Maine History, Mainly”

Maine Historical Society
Ranked #44 of 159 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Maine Historical Society is located in the center of town on Congress Street. It is a compact place with plenty of room to wander and visit. I stopped in on Veterans Day 2013 to see the exhibit entitled "Maine in the Civil War." An enlightening and informative reveiw of the state's role in the Civil War - especially the 20th Maine at Gettyburg. The inclusion of specific individuals made it personal.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

The exhibit space at the Maine Historical Society is small, but it’s worth the price of admission just to tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House next door. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he made the house come alive. Unlike some of the houses at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, which I toured earlier the same day, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is filled with the family’s own possessions, and that makes such a difference. I’ve been on other house tours, but this one was memorable and I’m glad I made time for it.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Absolutely fantasic tour guide with bounding energy gave us many interesting stories about the people who lived in the Longfellow House of Portland. House is located next to the Maine Historical Society building and should not be missed. Great history and literature lessons here! The main building held an especially interesting history of Maine's involvement in the Civil War. Nice gift shop with lots of books as well.
After this visit, I'm going back to read more of Longfellow's works.

3  Thank MRbluegill
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Very moving, interesting exhibit with personal touches, in the Ken Burns style - letters from home and photos.

1  Thank Alice A
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The theme when we visited was Maine and the Civil War. Its a small collection but very interesting and well presented. Brought a human perspective to the conflict and how it impacted the residents of Maine.

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