Maine Historical Society



Explore the City of Portland

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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
Monday through Friday at 1:30pm, weather permitting, and on select special weekend dates. Check our program calendar for more information.

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. See tour details.

Portland Freedom Trail (self-guided)

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Trail brochures are available in the MHS museum store or download here.

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.

Regional Historical Societies