Victoria Mansion, Portland
Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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We had an hour before our next activity so we decided to visit this villa. It was unbelievable to see how the rich and famous used to live. The tour guide was knowledgable and answered all our questio... read more »
From the moment you walk thru the front door, you are smitten. It takes your breath away. The details and stories from the docents are fantastic. Totally worth the $15 admission price.
This is a house which is still being renovated but is full of history. I was impressed with the story of how they managed to get a picture from the British Royal family by calling it Victoria Mansion.
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.
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.
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.
Luo Xueqing Bodhi
Definitely a number one place to visit in Portland, if you love art, decoration, design, furniture, or history. It's gorgeous!
Breath taking! The number one thing to do in Portland. You shouldn't miss it.
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