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Historic House Museums in Maine

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Maine current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Maine that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Bethel

Dr. Moses Mason House

Dr. Moses Mason House

14 Broad St
Bethel, ME  04217
Phone: (207) 824-2910 • Toll Free: (800) 824-2910

Year Built: 1813
Admission Price: Adults $3, Children $1.50
Hours: !-4pm Tue-Sat, Jul-Aug

Built in 1813, this fine Federal-style house with Rufus Porter School wall murals was long the home of Dr. Moses Mason, physician and U.S. Congressman, and his wife, Agnes Straw. The front portion of the Mason House contains nine period rooms furnished to reflect the era of the Mason's occupancy (1813-1869). Here one will see some of the finest examples from the Society's decorative arts collection, including portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Mason by the prominent nineteenth century artist Chester Harding.

Blue Hill

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Jonathan Fisher House

44 Mines Road
PO Box 537
Blue Hill, ME  04614
Phone: (207) 374-2459

Year Built: 1814
Admission Price: Free. Donations accepted.
Hours: 1-4pm, Wed-Sat, early Jul-earlly Sep and 1-4pm, Fri-Sat, mid Sep-mid Oct

Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) was the first settled Congregational minister of the small village of Blue Hill, Maine. Fisher was also an artist, farmer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry. Today, at the charming homestead he designed in 1814 for his growing family, you will see the life’s work of this ‘Versatile Yankee’.

Bridgton

The Rufus Porter Museum

The Rufus Porter Museum

67 N. High St
Bridgton, ME 
Phone: (207) 647-2828

Year Built: 1824
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $7
Hours: 12pm-4pm Wed-Sat, Jun-Oct

Artist, musician, teacher, inventor and publisher, Rufus Porter (1792-1884) thought well ahead of his time. His artistic life began as a painter of miniature portraits, then came his famous wall murals of the mountain, farm and lake landscapes around Bridgton, his childhood home, and Portland Harbor.The Museum is the only entity devoted to his work and displays his 1828 murals as well as other examples of his remarkable career. He founded the Scientific American magazine in 1845 to encourage the innovations which were vital to the Industrial Revolution.

Brunswick

Joshua L. Chamberlain  Museum

Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

226 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME  04011
Phone: (207) 729-6606

Year Built: 1824
Admission Price: Adults $13, Children $4
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, Memorial Dat to Columbus Day

The museum is the adult home of Joshua L. Chamberlain and his family. Chamberlain was the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College. Guided tours explore Chamberlain’s life, family and career.

Skolfield-Whittier House

Skolfield-Whittier House

161 Park Row
Brunswick, ME  04011
Phone: (207) 729-6606

Year Built: 1858
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 11am & 2pm, Thu-Sat, Memorial Day to Columbus Day

The Skolfield-Whittier House has a unique and wondrous story. Two brothers whose family made its fortune building ships and freighting goods around the world completed it between 1858 and 1862. Each brother lived on one side of this semi-detached structure. One half of the house was eventually sold off to a succession of owners, the last of which is now the Pejepscot Historical Society. Three generations of Skolfields and Whittiers made their home in the other half now the Skolfield-Whittier House. It remains to this day a time capsule of Victorian America. As one moves through each room, the completeness of the house’s collection of art and artifacts becomes more apparent. There are very few such homes where the entire estate of a Victorian sea captain’s family and that of his descendants are preserved as though the original occupants might return at any time to throw open the windows and resume their lives.

Castine

Wilson Museum

Wilson Museum

107 Perkins St.
Castine, ME  04421
Phone: (207) 326-9247

Year Built: 1763
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The Wilson Museum was founded by Dr. John Howard Wilson. Dr. Wilson spent most of his youth in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, NY and Nantucket, he came first to Castine with his mother, Cassine Cartwright Wilson, in 1891. By 1906 Dr. Wilson had received from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in geology, was married and had a summer home on Nautilus Island, across the harbor from his mother’s house in Castine. In 1921 Mrs. Wilson gave the west end of her lot to build a museum for Dr. Wilson’s collections. Three other buildings were added to the property in the late 1960s: The John Perkins House, Blacksmith Shop and a small exhibit building.

Columbia Falls

The Ruggles House

The Ruggles House

146 Main Street
Columbia Falls, ME  04623
Phone: (207) 483-4637

Year Built: 1818
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: 9:30-4:30 Mon-Sat, 12-4:30pm Sun, Jun 1 to Oct 15

The Ruggles House, designed by housewright Aaron S. Sherman of Marshfield, Massachusetts, was built 1818-1820 for Judge Thomas Ruggles, a wealthy lumber dealer, postmaster, captain of the local militia and Justice of the Court of Sessions for Washington County. This particularly lovely example of Adamesque style Federal period architecture is remarkable for its location as well as its survival.

Ellsworth

Stanwood Homestead Museum and Birdsacre Sanctuary

Stanwood Homestead Museum and Birdsacre Sanctuary

on SR 3
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: (207) 667-8460

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: Donations accepted
Hours: 10am-4pm daily, during summer

Charming and intimate, yet unassuming, a visit to Birdsacre is a unique and meaningful experience, perfect for children and adults, outdoors enthusiasts, bird lovers, and history buffs. Here you will hear the charming tales of a prominent family that bore a brilliant Pioneer Ornithologist, and be dazzled by hawks and owls set within a park-like sanctuary.

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Woodlawn

1478 Rte. 172
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: (207) 667-8671

Year Built: 1824
Admission Price: Adults $10, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Woodlawn is a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter mile from downtown Ellsworth, Maine. Once home to three generations of the Black family, it is now treasured for its historic house museum, its gardens, and its public park. Visitors can explore a superb historic house, stroll through beautiful gardens, play croquet, hike on pristine trails, and much more.

Farmington

The Nordica Homestead Museum

The Nordica Homestead Museum

116 Nordica Ln.
Farmington, ME  04938
Phone: (207) 778-2042

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $2, Children $1
Hours: 1-5pm Tue-Sun, Jun-Sep 15, by appt Sep 15 to Oct 15

The birthplace of opera singer Lillian Nordica, whose pure, strong voice brought her world renown. Displays present her costumes, stage jewelry, career mementos and original 19th-century furnishings.

Island Falls

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John E. and Walter D. Webb Museum of Vintage Fashi

Sherman Street Route 2
Island Falls, ME  04747
Phone: (207) 862-3797

Year Built: 1910
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

This museum, housed in the 1910 home of John E. Webb, features cigar boxes, furniture, hats and hat boxes, costumes, children's room with all periods of clothing and more.

Kennebunk

The Brick Store Museum

The Brick Store Museum

117 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 
Phone: (207) 985-4802

Year Built:
Admission Price: $5
Hours: 10am-4:30pm Tue-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat

Four early 19th century commercial buildings and the 1803 Taylor-Barry House comprise this museum.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Historical Society/Nott House

Kennebunkport Historical Society/Nott House

8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport, ME  04046
Phone: (207) 967-2751

Year Built: 1853
Admission Price: Adults $10
Hours: 11 am-3 pm, Thurs-Sat, July & August & by appointment

1853 mansion with original furnishings and period French wallpaper. This was the home of the Perkins and Nott families and portrays life of an affluent family during Kennebunkport's hey day as a working port.

Livermore

Washburn Norlands Living History Center

Washburn Norlands Living History Center

290 Norlands Road
Livermore, ME  04253
Phone: (207) 897-4366

Year Built:
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a living museum and working farmstead operating under methods of the 1800’s. The entire estate is has been preserved to maintain its original splendor created by the Washburn Family. There are five original buildings including the Mansion, Library, School House, Meeting House and Carriage House.

Machiasport

Gates House

Gates House

344 Port Road
Machiasport, ME  04655
Phone: (207) 255-8461

Year Built: 1810
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 12:30-4:30pm, Tue-Fri, Jul-Aug

Built in 1810, the Nathan Gates House is home to the Machiasport Historical Society. The museum contains an extensive collection of old photographs, period furniture , housewares and other memorabilia. There is also a genealogical library.

Newfield

19th Century Willowbrook Village

19th Century Willowbrook Village

70 Elm Street
Newfield, ME  04056
Phone: (207) 793-2784

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $7.50, Students $5
Hours: 10am-5pm, Thu-Mon, Memorial Day to Oct 8

Two historic houses and their barns, a reproduction schoolhouse and bandstand, and a millpond grace this restored country village.

Portland

Neal Dow Memorial

Neal Dow Memorial

714 Congress St.
Portland, ME  04103
Phone: (207) 773-7773

Year Built: 1829
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 11am-4pm, Mon-Fri

The Neal Dow Memorial, 714 Congress Street, Portland Maine, was the lifelong home of Neal Dow, one of the great men of the reform movement of the nineteenth century. The late Federal style mansion was built in 1829 for the occupancy of Neal Dow and his bride, Maria Cornelia Durant Maynard. The residence was a center of political and humanitarian activity. From here the zealous reformer set out on countless journeys throughout Maine, over much of the nation, and finally abroad in the cause of temperance.

Tate House Museum

Tate House Museum

1267 Westbrook Street
Portland, ME  04102
Phone: (207) 774-6177

Year Built: 1755
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Tate House was built in 1755 for Captain George Tate (1700-1794) and his family, which had recently arrived in the Colonies from Britain. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual indented gambrel roof. As the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland that is open to the public, the impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds and herb gardens, and unique architecture of Tate House offer an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine.

The Wadsworth–Longfellow House

The Wadsworth–Longfellow House

489 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04101
Phone: (207) 774-1822

Year Built: 1785
Admission Price: Adults $12, Seniors & Students $10, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Within its walls lived three generations of one remarkable family that made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), grew up in the house and went on to become one of the most famous men of his time.

Victoria Mansion

Victoria Mansion

109 Danforth Stree
Portland, ME  04101
Phone: (207) 772-4841

Year Built: 1858
Admission Price: Adults $15, Seniors $13.50, Students $5
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat, 1-5pm Sun

Also known as the Morse-Libby House, the Mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels.

Rockland

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

19 Elm St
Rockland, ME  04841
Phone: (207) 596-6457

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Museum admission includes the Farnsworth Homestead which is next door and is an example of Greek Revival architecture. Built in 1850, it contains many of the original family furnishings. The museum also owns the Olson House. Painter Andrew Wyeth created many of his best-loved works at the Olson House, the home of Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro. Christina's World, painted at the house in 1948 and now owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is perhaps his best-know work painted there. The Olson House is located 14.5 miles from the museum in Cushing, ME

Searsport

Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum

40 E. Main St.
Searsport, ME 
Phone: () -

Year Built: 1816
Admission Price: Adult $8, Children $3
Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun

Among the eight buildings are an 1816 captain's home.

Skowhegan

Skowhegan History House

Skowhegan History House

66 Elm Street
Skowhegan, ME  04976
Phone: (207) 474-6632

Year Built: 1839
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, May 29 to Oct 6

Built in 1839, the house contains early American antiques.

South Berwick

Hamilton House

Hamilton House

40 Vaughan’s Lane
South Berwick, ME  03908
Phone: (207) 384-2454

Year Built: 1785
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students $4
Hours: 11am-5pm Wed-Sun, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built this striking Georgian mansion c. 1785. Its picturesque situation on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River made it an ideal location for Hamilton’s shipping business and, more than a hundred years later, for the summer retreat of Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise.

Sarah Orne Jewett House

Sarah Orne Jewett House

5 Portland Street
South Berwick, ME  03908
Phone: (207) 384-2454

Year Built: 1774
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm Fri-Sun, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Writer Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) spent much of her life in this stately Georgian residence, owned by her family since 1819. Jewett drew on the house for inspiration for her novel Deephaven and often wrote at the desk in the upper hall overlooking the active town center.

Southport

The Hendricks Hill Museum

The Hendricks Hill Museum

419 Hendricks Hill Road
Southport, ME  04576
Phone: (207) 633-1102

Year Built: 1810
Admission Price: Donations
Hours: 11am-3pm Tue, Thu & Sat, Jul-Aug

Built by John Cameron circa 1810, the central building remained in the Cameron family for 100 years. They were a family of fishermen. One year their vessels flew the “high line”, signifying that they had taken more fish than any other Southport family.

Standish

Marrett House

Marrett House

40 Ossipee Trail East
Standish, ME  04084
Phone: (207) 882-7169

Year Built: 1789
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm 1st & 3rd Sat, Jun 1 to Oct 15

In 1796, young Daniel Marrett, a recent Harvard graduate, moved to Standish, Maine, to become the town minister. He purchased the most imposing house in town to reflect his status as the community's leading citizen. Three generations of the Marrett family remained in the house for nearly one hundred and fifty years.

Wiscasset

Castle Tucker

Castle Tucker

2 Lee Street
Wiscasset, ME  04578
Phone: (207) 882-7169

Year Built: 1807
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm Wed-Sun, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Built in 1807 and in need of updating at the time the Tuckers moved in, the house was redecorated and furnished to satisfy modern Victorian taste and sensibilities. With a reversal of fortune that came at the end of the nineteenth century, the family was forced to take in summer boarders in order to survive. Due to limited financial resources, the interiors have remained largely unchanged from this time, making Castle Tucker one of the most intact Victorian-era homes in New England.

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Nickels-Sortwell House

121 Main Street (Route 1)
Wiscasset, ME  04578
Phone: (207) 882-7169

Year Built: 1807
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm Fri-Sun, Jun 1 to Oct 15

Located on Wiscasset's Main Street, the Nickels-Sortwell House is one of the region's finest examples of high Federal-style architecture. Built by successful ship owner Captain William Nickels, the house epitomizes the brief period when shipbuilding and the maritime trade brought wealth and sophisticated tastes to this coastal Maine village.

York

Museums of Old York

Museums of Old York

3 Lindsay Road
York, ME  03909
Phone: (207) 363-4974

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Offering thirty-seven period room settings and several galleries housed throughout nine historic museum buildings, the Museums of Old York showcases a wealth of early New England art, architecture, and decorative arts. The exhibits focus on the stories of southern Maine's men, women, and children and the world they created and lived in from the earliest settlement in the 1600s to the present day.

York Harbor

Sayward-Wheeler House

Sayward-Wheeler House

9 Barrell Lane Extension
York Harbor, ME  03911
Phone: (207) 384-2454

Year Built: 1718
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2.50
Hours: 11am-5pm 2nd & 4th Sat, Jun 1 to Oct 15

The Sayward-Wheeler House overlooks the York River, which was ideal for shipping merchant Jonathan Sayward, who purchased the house in 1720. In addition to being a successful businessman, Sayward was a judge and leading citizen in York. He enjoyed great community respect, although his Loyalist views were in the minority during the years leading up to the American Revolution.

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