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Victoria Mansion, Portland

(4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. See Victoria Mansion and all Portland has to offer by arranging your trip with our Portland trip itinerary planner.
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  • I love the Victoria Mansion, built in 1858-1860. No... Queen Victoria didn't live here, but the Morse and Libby families did. The mansion was first built for Ruggles and Olive Morse, New Orleans Hotel...  more »
  • Lovely tour available during the Christmas season. Each room is decked out to the hilt by individual designers. Truly a site to see. Parking is on street and be sure to check out the sweet gift shop i...  more »
  • This house is so much fun to see. It is decorated just like it was in the 1860's. Christmastime is amazing. There are people throughout to give you some history of each room.  more »
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  • What a wonderful place to visit. It's a self guided tour but there are tons of people there the answer any questions and give you more information. Everyone was extremely friendly and the house was breathtaking!
  • A cool place to visit on the outside. I didn't go on the tour as it is a bit expensive, but the gift shop has some nice some things.
  • Being originally from England, I've seen my fair share of historic homes. Been in Portland nearly 2 years and this is my first time here. It was better than I hoped. Beautiful restorations. Mostly all original pieces. The staff were exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Victoria Mansion as a place to see.
  • Really beautiful architecture! The group has preserved this building magnificently for 70 years. The guides are very knowledgeable and love to share information even when not doing a guided tour. The architecture, furniture, everything is amazing. Only one minor complaint: The local fire department has forbidden them from opening the 3rd floor to the public because there is only one egress. There are some pretty amazing rooms up there from what I've been told. The conservation group really should petition the fire department for an exception or, barring that, they should set up a system where they only allow a certain (small) number of visitors up at a time. Stationing a volunteer at the entrance to serve as a checkpoint or regulator valve for the flow of people.
  • Small tasteful historic mansion with interesting stories within it. It was familiar yet unfamiliar. I felt like I had already felt its influence before this visit. The parlour is a must see.