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Portland Observatory, Portland

4.6
#1 of 8 in Childrens Museums in Maine
Breathtaking views and fascinating history at America’s last standing maritime signal tower.

CLOSED for the 2017 SEASON. Reopening Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Open Saturday, May 26 - Monday October 8, 2018



Flag Day Celebration: June 14, 10 am -7 pm; Free Admission All Day



Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors/Students/AAA $8

Children ages 6-16 $5; Portland Residents: Adults $5, choldren ages 6-16 $3; Family Rate $30; under 6 and Greater Portland Landmarks members: FREE!
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  • You get great views and a bit of Portland history in a short time. Inexpensive and fun for kids too. Windy stairs to climb, but not many, and it's worth it!  more »
  • Wonderful small attraction. The each floor has interesting historical exhibits, including the details of the structure of the building and renovation of same. The building was constructed to notify th...  more »
  • We saw this online before our visit and walked up to see the building on a lovely sunny day. Unfortunately for us it was closed for the rest of the season but its still worth the walk. We were very lu...  more »
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  • A little hidden gem. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Nice bit of history to be able to walk around in. Worth a visit if your in the area.
  • Great views you can't get anywhere else!
  • That brown tower overlooking Portland isn't brick, it's wood. It's a tower originally intended to give the earliest possible notice of the arrival of ships but even from the beginning was a tourist attraction of sorts. Mount the stairs and be rewarded with a great view of the city and beyond. Knowledgeable guides and helpful exhibits.
  • A one of a kind place that only takes up an hour of your time. Well worth it if you're visiting Portland. $10 for adults but $8 If you meet their discount requirement.
  • The observatory is a great way to take a look at Portland, unlike the lighthouse they let you go to the top and they have displays on each level that teaches you the history of the observatory and how it was built. I love taking photos so this was a must do!
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