Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Visiting the Maine Historical Society

On this page:   Location & Contact Info  | Campus Map  | Attractions & Hours  | Directions  | Parking

Welcome to Maine Historical Society! We look forward to hosting your visit—whether for a tour, a public program or special event, a school field trip, research in the library, a meeting or workshop, or just to sit in the garden for a relaxing lunch.

We want to make your stay with us as enjoyable, informative, and memorable as possible. This page provides a variety of information related to coming onto our campus in downtown Portland, with links to all of our Visitor Services and programmatic offerings.

Location & Contact Information

Exterior of MHS store
Entrance to MHS gallery and store

We are located on busy Congress Street in downtown Portland, an historic and arts district that serves as the city's main thoroughfare. Congress is within short walking distance of the Old Port and waterfront.

Physical & Mailing Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Map it. Written directions. Parking Information.

Phone: 207-774-1822 Look up staff extensions.

All of our facilities are fully accessible, with the exception of the second floor of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. For those who unable to navigate stairs, we offer a video tour of the second floor that replicates the actual tour. Please inquire about that option when you arrive. The lower level of our garden is accessible through the library during hours of operation.

See Campus Map

Attractions & Hours

Museum Store/Ticket Purchases & Museum Galleries

Visit the museum store to purchase tour and gallery tickets and to shop for popular and hard-to-find history books, unique gifts, and Maine-made items.
Visit the online store. Learn about current exhibitions.

Hours

Brown Research Library

library books
Photo: Brian Vanden Brink

Whether you are conducting personal, educational, or professional research, our reference librarians are ready to assist you with accessing our diverse collections.
Learn more about visiting the Library.

Hours
  • November-April: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
  • May-October: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
  • Closed holidays and some holiday weekends, and the last two weeks of the year. Call ahead in inclement weather.
  • Library Tours on first Wednesday of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov at noon.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House & Garden

Longfellow House
The Parlor

The boyhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours of 45-60 minutes are offered May-October on the hour. Times subject to change due to tour volume and staffing. Shorter tours may be available upon request.

Portland History Walking Tours

This 60-75 minute guided tour to the city's waterfront highlights Portland's history, maritime heritage, and authentic character. Offered daily, June 1 – October 12.
Tour details and ticket prices.
Group tours are available. See below for information.

Programs and Events

Maine Historical offers lectures, book talks, workshops, and other public events year-round. Visit the Programs page for the latest on what's coming up.

Group Tours

Email or call the Visitor Services Manager at 207-774-1822 x212 to arrange a group tour. Group rates start at $8 per person depending on group size. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Checks should be made payable to Maine Historical Society and mailed to address above. Call for credit card reservations. A 24-hour notice is requested for cancellations. Coach parking information.

Directions

Children's Gate
The Children's Gate

Link to Google Maps

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

Maine Historical Society does not have a public parking lot during the week, although you may park in our lot (behind the museum building) after 5pm on weekdays and anytime on weekends. There are several parking garages within walking distance. Metered street parking is also available.

Coaches may discharge passengers at the bus stop on Congress Street past Brown Street where they will be met by MHS staff. Vans needing wheelchair access may discharge passengers at the Brown Street sidewalk ramp (corner of Congress Brown).

For city bus schedules, visit Greater Portland Metro.

Campus Map

Campus Map

Campus Map