The Portland Observatory

138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 138 Congress St., Portland Directions
207-774-5561
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Report | 2 years ago
Very informative guides who took their time and gave lots of very helpful information! A highlight for our trip to Portland!
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Report | 3 years ago
a great piece of preserved history and worth a visit!
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Report | 3 years ago
Great outing for the family. We learned a lot we didn't know about Portland!
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Report | 3 years ago
Loved the tour and the historical background information. However, by the time we reached the top level we were given just a very short time to take in the incredible view before we were asked to head back down. I would have enjoyed being able to spend a longer time at the top.
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Report | 3 years ago
Informative and great view of the city! Be sure to go on a clear day!
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Report | 3 years ago
We are local tourists, and never visited the Observatory. So much history about this place. I would go again, when our son is older to appreciate it too. Thank you!!
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Report | 3 years ago
very interesting and informative tour.learned a lot about the history of the observatory and the city of portland.a great way to spend part of a beautiful fall day.
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Report | 3 years ago
Excellent tour and fabulous views.
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Report | 3 years ago
A great opportunity to visit an historical site...probably best for families with older children.
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It was a wonderful tour!
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When Captain Lemuel Moody designed and built The Portland Observatory in 1807, he could hardly have imagined that his maritime signal tower would outlive all of its siblings to become the oldest one remaining in the United States. Though the winds and high seas have relentlessly conspired to bring it down, the tower continues to stand more than 200 years after its construction. It owes its longevity in large part to Greater Portland Landmarks, a conservation society whose efforts led to the observatory?s designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Today, Greater Portland Landmarks continues to introduce new generations to one of the city?s oldest treasures through guided tours. Led by knowledgeable docents, tours focus on maritime history and chart the many changes that have taken place in Portland since the tower?s founding. One thing that hasn?t changed is the breathtaking view from the observatory?s deck, where one can look out on Casco Bay, Back Cove, and Spanish galleons arriving in port after grueling, century-long journeys across the Atlantic.

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