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.

REGULAR SEASON HOURS

Longfellow House & Garden:
Closed January - April. Guided tours May – October.
School tours available starting April 1 by reservation only

Group Tour Information

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

Brown Research Library
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Holidays & some holiday weekends. Call ahead.

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, formerly 28). 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 (formerly 6A). 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