Portland, Maine’s largest city, is a popular summer destination due to its location on Casco Bay. For adults, there is the Portland Museum of Art and for children, the Children’s Museum of Maine. There are a number of fine old houses in the town, most notably the home of Portland-born poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82). The Old Port Exchange has excellent shops and restaurants.
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1 Victoria Mansion
The Victoria Mansion in Portland was built between 1858 and 1960 and was designed by noted architect Henry Austin for Ruggles Sylvester Morse. The house is a true expression of decadence in Portland’s pre-Civil War era. It features decorative painted walls and ceilings, carvings and unique carpets, silver, glass and porcelain.
Address: 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04101-4504, United States
Official Site: https://victoriamansion.org/
2 Casco Bay
Portland is on the edge of Casco Bay. This area includes the beautiful islands of the calendar. Ferries provide service to the islands and cruise lines offer scenic tours of the bay and islands.
3 Portland Museum of Art
The collection of the Portland Museum of Art showcases fine and decorative art from the 17th century. It prides itself on its American and European art, including works by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Monet, Degas, and Picasso. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Adres: Seven Congress Square
Official site: https://www.portlandmuseum.org/
4 Wadsworth Longfellow House
Built in 1785-86 for General Peleg Wadsworth, grandfather of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this was Portland’s first brick home. The house features personal items belonging to the Wadsworth and Longfellow families. Behind the house is the Longfellow Garden with paths running through this colonial style restored garden, which was created in 1926.
Adres: 489 Congress Street
Official site: https://www.mainehistory.org/house_overview.shtml
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5 Southworth Planetarium
The Southworth Planetarium in the Science Building on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus features a solar system from the National Geographic Society, as well as astronomy shows and programs. The center also offers classes and lectures.
Adres: University of Southern Maine
Official site: https://usm.maine.edu/planet
6 Maine Historical Society Museum
The Main Historical Society Museum offers a glimpse into Maine history through a wide variety of art, artifacts, and documents. Changing exhibits provide unique perspectives on topics from the Civil War to the history of art in Maine and many other topics.
Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101-3401, United States
Official site: https://www.mainehistory.org/
7 Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co en Museum
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Portland features narrow gauge trains, locomotives, and other related equipment. Visitors can tour the museum or take a train ride on a two-lane railroad track while enjoying views of Casco Bay.
Address: 58 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4842, United States
Official site: https://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/
Where to stay in Portland for sightseeing
We recommend these centrally located hotels in Portland near downtown attractions and the waterfront:
- The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection: 4-star luxury hotel, wonderful staff, boutique feel, stylish decor, turndown service.
- Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront: mid-range pricing, great location, water views, modern decor, valet parking.
- Hampton Inn Portland Downtown – Waterfront: affordable rates, near restaurants and shops, comfortable rooms, free breakfast.
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Portland: great rates, clean rooms, outdoor pool, free breakfast.