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Victoria Mansion, Portland

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Take time to appreciate the distinctive original interiors and architecture of 19th-century Victoria Mansion. Since it opened to the public in 1941, the museum has been renowned for its commitment to preservation. This home site is best known for its brownstone exterior and lavish interior design and furnishings. Take a tour to develop an understanding of the opulent lifestyle of its former inhabitants, the Libbys, who moved out of their residence in 1928. You'll experience the architectural vision of its creator, Henry Austin, the artistic works of Giuseppe Guidicini, and the interior decor of Gustave Herter. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We arrived on a cruise ship and stayed for one day in Portland. From we terminal we got a Portland Map and planned 3 hours walking around. It was wonderful many places and attractions to see as we wen...  more »
  • We selected the house tour among the Portland excursions offered by our cruise boat. Having just come from Newport, this was a little let down. The house was okay but still in the process of being res...  more »
  • The mansion was grand, but also of interest were the modern conveniences that were installed into the home; hot and cold water, gas lighting, bathtub and flush toilets and central heating in 1860! The...  more »
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  • The Victoria Mansion is a wonderful museum you should visit if you love history, the Victorian period, or old houses. The docents are all very knowledgeable and very friendly, excited to talk about the two families who lived there and their belongings being showcased. The interior is absolutely gorgeous, and even the walls are a work of art. Photos are not allowed most of the year, but you can take no-flash photography during their Christmas/holiday exhibition. As you can see from my photos, there is lots to see. Some of the rooms are off limits like the kitchen (there weren't any photos taken of it by Mrs. Morse, the original owner) and the third floor (safety reasons) - and the price is moderate at around $15 for one person. But it is well worth it for the amount of art and history you get to experience. There is a gift shop attached, in the old garage/carriage house, where you can buy Victorian-themed gifts and trinkets. Would recommend to anyone I know. What a gorgeous and interesting place.
  • Absolutely phenomenal. The highlight of the trip to Portland. The volunteer staff were very helpful showing us the rooms in explaining some of the unique features of the architecture and furniture. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Portland. Five stars.
  • It's like walking through a time capsule from the mid 1800's. Very beautiful restoration work. It had it's Christmas decorations still up so there was a Christmas tree in every room almost. Military is free :). Sorry, I don't know how much everyone else was.
  • The Christmas display was beautiful. More impressive is the continuing renovation of this historic home. They have over 90% of the 1860's original contents; furniture, artwork, dishes, etc. This is an amazing place to visit.
  • This is a beautiful house well presented by a strong, local volunteer staff. Unfortunately, the "holiday" decorating detracted from appreciating the manse in it's original configuration and glory. Try to see this during the summer, not over Christmas.

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Where to stay in Portland

You'll discover a number of hotels in Portland's waterfront area--one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods--that offer proximity to a selection of restaurants and bars. If bed and breakfasts are more your style, look to the city's West End, where a number of establishments sit alongside fine 19th-century mansions. Those interested in staying in Munjoy Hill can find a number of vacation rentals there.
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