Plan a Visit to MHS
We look forward to your visit to the Maine Historical Society. The information on this page will help you schedule and plan for your trip.
To Schedule a Visit
- Call the Manager of Education and Interpretive Programs, Kathleen Neumann at (207) 774–1822 x214.
- All programs are available by reservation only.
- We can best accommodate one class per program, although small class size may allow for more than this.
- All our programs can be adapted to meet the needs of students in grades K–16 and have been designed in accordance with State of Maine Learning Results and Common Core State Standards.
- Programs include pre-visit materials for use in your classroom, which will be sent with confirmation of your visit.
- Payment is due the day of your visit. Please make checks payable to: Maine Historical Society.
- Click here for directions
To Schedule a Visit for Library Educational Programs
Advance Notice: All programs require at least 2 weeks’ notice, especially if museum (3-dimensional) objects or offsite materials are required.
Contact the MHS Manager of Education: All library program for educational groups and schools are scheduled through the Manager of Education; please call 207-774-1822, ext. 214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your topic: Please provide a brief explanation of what has already been done in the classroom and what your goals are for your MHS visit/how you hope the MHS visit will enhance your lesson plan.
Search our Catalogs: Take a look at our Library Catalog; our Museum Catalog; and Maine Memory Network. Let us know the call numbers or local codes for any items that you specifically would like to see during your visit. We will try to have these available in addition to other librarian selected materials.
Submit any Forms/Handouts: If your students will be completing worksheets, forms or answering specific questions, please submit a copy to us so we can tailor our items to meet your goals as best possible.
For Individual Student/Small Groups Research Sessions: Please have students/groups search the Library Catalog; Museum Catalog; and Maine Memory Network before their visit. If there are specific materials they would like to see, please let MHS know the call numbers and local codes prior to your visit. This allows staff to prepare the material ahead of time and maximizes student time for research—MHS will still provide librarian selected materials relevant to requested topics and can still pull some additional materials for students after their arrival, if needed.
Free Bus Subsidies
To help offset the cost of transportation, Maine Historical Society is now offering bus subsidy grants to qualifying school groups. Find out more.
We recommend a minimum of at least one adult chaperone for every ten children. We suggest a maximum limit of one adult for every five children as tours can get quickly overcrowded with chaperones. Please prepare chaperones for their role in supervising their group of children.
Visit Rules and Expectations
Please review the following basic museum rules with your students before your field trip:
- Explain to students that no one is allowed to touch museum objects or sit on or lean against furnishings.
- Food and drink and backpacks or large bags are not allowed in the Longfellow House or the museum exhibition area. (We have a storage closet where backpacks and lunches may be placed).
- Cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced for the duration of the tour(s).
- Explain to students that classroom rules also apply during their visit to the Maine Historical Society.
- For touring purposes, your class or classes will need to be divided into groups of no more than 12 children per group with at least 1 teacher or chaperone assigned to each group. Please have your students divided into groups before your arrival to ensure your program starts on time.
- 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 upon request. The lower level of our garden is accessible through the library during hours of operation, Tues-Sat 10 to 4pm.
View of front of museum building
We are located at 489 Congress Street. Click here for directions.
A bus pullover is located on Congress Street, in front of our campus, where students can be dropped off or picked up.
- Please check–in at our Museum Store when you arrive and our museum educators will go over the logistics of your class visit.
- Payment is due on the day of your visit. Checks should be made payable to the Maine Historical Society.
- Our gallery contains a gift shop. If you would like your students to be able to shop, please let us know so we can build time in at the end of the program. Students are welcome to shop and browse with chaperone supervision.
- In the event that Maine Historical Society is closed because of a weather emergency, the announcement will be carried by the following media outlets: WCSH Channel 6, WTMW Channel 8, WGME Channel 13. You can also call Maine Historical Society at 207-774-1822; if we are closed, there will be an automated message at that number.