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Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Visiting the Maine Historical Society

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Address

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822   info@mainehistory.org
Click here for directions or parking information.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden:

Group Tour Information

Group rates are $8.00 per person.

Coaches are asked to discharge passengers at the bus stop on Congress Street after Brown Street where they will be met by Maine Historical Society staff. See directions

Vans needing wheelchair access can discharge passengers at the Brown Street sidewalk ramp (corner of Congress and Brown) where they will be met by Maine Historical Society staff.

A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Checks should be made payable to Maine Historical Society and mailed to the address below. A credit card payment option is also available. If you need to cancel your reservation, a 24 hour notice would be appreciated. Please call 207-774-1822 to make arrangements.

Museum & Museum Store:

Monday - Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday (May - Oct): 12pm–5pm

Brown Research Library

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm  (May-Oct) and Wednesday – Saturday: 10am-4pm (Nov-Apr)
Closed Holidays & some holiday weekends as well as the last two weeks of the year. Call ahead in inclement weather.

Information about visiting the Library

Campus Map

Campus Map

Campus Map

All of our facilities are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the 2nd floor of the Longfellow House.  We offer a video tour of the 2nd floor for those who are unable to navigate the stairs. Please see the Museum Shop for the video. The lower level of our garden is accessible through the library during hours of operation, Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 4pm.

Directions

From the North

Take Route 95 south (Maine Turnpike) to Route 295 in Gardner (exit 51). From I–295 in Portland, take exit 7, Franklin Street. Travel up Franklin Street to the fourth light and turn right onto Congress Street.

Take Congress Street past 5 blocks to the Portland Public Library on your right, and then past Preble Street. The Maine Historical Society is on the right, at 489 Congress Street, on the corner of Congress and Brown Streets. You will see the brick Wadsworth–Longfellow House on your right.

From the South

Take Route 95 (Maine Turnpike) to I–295, exit 44. Take I–295 to exit 7, Franklin Street. Go up Franklin Street to the fourth light, then turn right onto Congress Street.

Take Congress Street past 5 blocks to the Portland Public Library on your right, and then past Preble Street. The Maine Historical Society is on the right, at 489 Congress Street, on the corner of Congress and Brown Streets. You will see the brick Wadsworth–Longfellow House on your right.

Parking

MHS does not have a public parking lot. However, the City of Portland offers many options for parking. There are several parking garages within walking distance, and side streets usually have one–hour meters available. If you plan to spend the day with us, we suggest you park in a local parking garage.

Group Tour Information (non-school)

For more information about parking in Portland: City of Portland Parking Division

Public Transportation

Local buses run daily to the bus stop across Congress street from the Maine Historical Society.

For city bus schedules: Greater Portland Metro