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“A beautiful piece of history”
Review of Victoria Mansion

Victoria Mansion
Ranked #9 of 121 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Victoria Mansion is open for the season May 1- October 31, closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. The holiday season runs from the day after Thanksgiving through the first Sunday in January, closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Our history, a quick tour, and our present-day efforts at restoring the Mansion convey an impression of the significance of this unique site, which is of national and even international importance.
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Went with a group to tour this beautiful restored mansion. The staff were knowledgeable and although it is a mansion, it is a tad small and can get over crowded the way the rooms are sectioned off. There are some parts still being restored, but it is absolutely amazing to see what has been painstakingly brought back to life. The detailed workmanship is astounding and not to give anything away, you will be amazed at what you thought was wood, is actually plaster masterfully done to look like wood. The story behind the house is interesting, but the most astonishing part is that 90-95% of the items found in the house are actual items originating in the home. My experience in touring historical houses is they try to get period appropriate pieces because they don't have any way of gathering original items, but the curator here is a detective of sorts and has done an incredible job of hunting down the original items and acquiring them. I highly recommend spending the time to take the tour and finish up in the gift shop.

Date of experience: May 2018
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"original furnishings"
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"summer home"
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"smoking room"
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"christmas season"
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"victorian era"
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"gift shop"
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"pre civil war"
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"third floor"
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"stained glass"
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"indoor plumbing"
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"old house"
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"self guided tour"
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"aaa discount"
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"lots of history"
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"interesting tour"
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We went on a weekend day during the summer and it was mobbed so we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we would have sans all the summer visitors. The areas to view the rooms was really tiny and if folks lingered, you really couldn't see much.
That said, it was really interesting and we did enjoy it.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

What a fantastic place..I went at Christmas and that is a real treat. Beautifully decorated but nice at any time. Just Go !!

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Loved it even more then I though I would. Really well preserved, really great guides, kept kids attention. I think it was $35 for a family pass (over 4 people). Groupon also had one for $27 for a 4p pass. If you love history, houses, nostalgia.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The mansion has gone through a substantial renovation, very impressive. The docents are eager to share stories, and quite a lot is known about the history of this building.
At Christmas, local interior decorators and florists decorate the rooms with trees and Victorian Christmas decorations, it's very impressive.
There is also a jam-packed gift shop that any fan of Victoriana would love.

Date of experience: December 2017
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