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Portland Sights

Portland Observatory

  • 138 Congress St. Map It
  • Portland
  • Observatory/Planetarium

Updated 12/26/2013

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This octagonal observatory on Munjoy Hill was built in 1807 by Captain Lemuel Moody, a retired sea captain, as a maritime signal tower. Moody used a telescope to identify incoming ships and flags to signal to merchants where to unload their cargo. Held in place by 122 tons of ballast, it's the last remaining historic maritime signal station in the country. The guided tour leads all the way to the dome, where you can step out on the deck and take in views of Portland, the

islands, and inland towards the White Mountains.

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138 Congress St., Portland, Maine, 04101, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $9
  • Memorial Day weekend–Columbus Day, daily 10–5; Thurs. evening sunset tours mid-July–early Sept.

Updated 12/26/2013


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