Explore the City of Portland
Welcome to Maine Historical Society—and welcome to Portland! Maine's largest city is a vibrant, coastal community with much to offer visitors and residents alike. Over the past couple of decades, it has appeared on numerous "Best of" lists for its quality of life, award-winning restaurants, arts and entertainment offerings, and historical character.
Maine Historical Society is your gateway to learning more about Portland's past, and all that the city has to offer. Below you'll find information on our city walking tour, and links to numerous other cultural and tourism organizations. We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!
Historical Walking Tours
Daily June-Columbus Day, 1:30PM
Join Maine Historical Society for a guided tour to the city's waterfront highlighting Portland's history, maritime heritage, and authentic character. Learn how Maine's largest city evolved from a small British colony to a booming center of American culture and commerce. Famous city residents, industries, architecture, historic landmarks, social history, and the Great Fire of 1866 are among the topics covered.
Offered daily, June 1 - October 12, at 1:30 PM, weather permitting. Tours leave from the MHS museum store and are 60-75 minutes in length. Tours are limited to 12 guests and are first-come, first-served.
$15 Walking Tour only
$25 Walking Tour & Wadsworth-Longfellow House Tour Combo
Free for children six years old and younger, but tour is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Call Visitor Services Manager for more details and group bookings: 207-774-1822 x212.
Portland Freedom Trail (self-guided)
Trail brochures are available in the MHS museum store or download here.
For more information on discovering Portland, visit:
- City of Portland, Maine (official website)
- Down East Duck Tours (MHS discount for those wearing a trolley sticker)
- Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours
- Portland Downtown District
- Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Casco Bay Lines (ferry service to islands)
Other Cultural Sites in Portland
Maine Historical Society is proud to support other history and cultural-based organizations in the city. Here are links to some of our friends and partners, many of which offer tours. We encourage you to visit their sites to learn more about the vibrant history of Maine's largest city.
- Abyssinian Meeting House
- Children's Museum and Theater of Maine
- Eastern Cemetery/Spirits Alive
- Fifth Maine Regiment Museum (Peaks Island)
- First Parish Church
- Evergreen Cemetery
- International Cryptozoology Museum
- Maine Audubon (Falmouth)
- Maine Irish Heritage Center
- Maine Jewish Museum
- Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
- Museum of African Art & Culture
- Portland Fire Museum
- Portland Freedom Trail - (see above as well)
- Portland Headlight (Cape Elizabeth)
- Portland Women's History Trail
- Portland Landmarks/Observatory
- Portland Museum of Art
- Tate House
- Victoria Mansion
Regional Historical Societies
- Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society
- Cumberland Historical Society
- Falmouth Historical Society
- Freeport Historical Society
- North Yarmouth Historical Society
- Scarborough Historical Society
- South Portland Historical Society
- Yarmouth Historical Society