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“Jewel! Treasure!”

Maine Historical Society
Ranked #44 of 151 things to do in Portland
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Portland, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Jewel! Treasure!”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

The exhibitions are interesting and very focused on important local issues. The recent Civil War exhibition was stunningly good. Theirs is really a campus, with the Longfellow House and the library/archives/ancestry research center. If you haven''t been, then you have missed one of Portland's and Maine's true jewels.

Visited February 2014
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Gaithersburg
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Maine History, Mainly”
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.

Visited November 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Wonderful Tour of Longfellow’s House”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Kentucky
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287 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Learn about Longfellow's boyhood home”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Civil War exhibit very memorable”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

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

Visited August 2013
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