The Portland Observatory is a historic maritime signal tower at 138 Congress Street in the Munjoy Hill section of Portland, Maine. Built in 1807, it is the only known surviving tower of its type in the United States. Using both a telescope and signal flags, two-way communication between ship and shore was possible several hours before an incoming vessel reached the docks. The tower was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006; it is now managed by Greater Portland Landmarks, a local historic preservation nonprofit. It is open to the public as a museum.Put Portland Observatory and other Portland attractions into our Portland travel planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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The Portland Observatory would be worth the price of admission for the view alone. But the floor-by-floor tour given by the docents offers a rich, entertaining history of the tower and the city. This.... more »
Of our cruise ship buddies, no one stopped at this site as they thought it was just a light house and there are so many things to do in Portland! Well, it's not a lighthouse but was designed to be..... more »
Beautiful interior! I loved visiting this cafe and would recommend for others to try it out. My mocha was very good and not to sweet. I went around 4pm, but by then most food options had run out. Get there early if you would like to grab one of their goodies!!
Historic place. Lot to learn from the guide. Nice people around. We really liked the girl on the top floor who explained everything in detail and took our family photo. Great experience.
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