April Reception Suite Conservation Update: Inpainting Begins!

Since December, we've been providing you newsletter updates of the project to conserve the spectacular ceiling and wall paintings in the Mansion's Reception Suite. While many other activities continue to go on-- particularly planning for the upcoming visitation season that commences May 1 (less than a month away!)-- the conservation work continues to amaze and [...]

Victoria Mansion Upcoming Annual Meeting

Victoria Mansion members are invited to join us at the Cumberland Club on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 for our Annual Meeting. The evening will commence at 5:00pm with refreshments and mingling, followed by a business meeting and the election of officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Following the meeting, we will be treated to a [...]

Alice Dwyer Ross Retires from Museum Shop

On behalf of Victoria Mansion staff, volunteers, and friends, we would like to express our deep thanks to Alice Dwyer Ross, who served as Museum Shop Manager and later Museum Shop Buyer for 13 years. Alice is responsible for spearheading a campaign to change the direction of Victoria Mansion's gift shop, turning it into an [...]

Architecture History Adventure Day Camp

On Tuesday, April 18, from 1:00-4:00pm Victoria Mansion and Maine Historical Society will be leading a History Adventure for students grades 7-12. This program is an afternoon-long exploration of some of Portland's most well-known buildings as well as some that are rarely given a second glance but have a lot to say.   Participants will [...]

Volunteer with Victoria Mansion!

It's the time of year when we start preparing to open our doors on May 1st. That means we're looking for new faces to join the ranks of Victoria Mansion docents! If you love the Mansion and wish you could spend more time here, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the house, [...]

Conservation Technician Harper Batsford Gets the Mansion in Tiptop Shape

A lot happens behind closed doors in the off-season! Since last year, the Mansion has been lucky to retain the services of Harper Batsford, a trained Collections Maintenance Technician. Harper has been going from room to room, intensively cleaning the hard to reach nooks and crannies of the house, including the intricate perforated frieze work [...]

Dress from Mansion’s Collection featured in Maine Historical Society Exhibit

Victoria Mansion is pleased to have a pure-dye silk taffeta dress and jacket ensemble from our collection featured in the Maine Historical Society's current exhibition, World War I and the Maine Experience. The exhibition, which opened February 3 and runs through early June, celebrates the centennial of America's entrance in World War I, specifically honoring [...]

School Tours at the Mansion

Closed to the public doesn't mean that there's down time here at the Mansion. This off-season over 550 students from area schools will be coming to participate in the Mansion's interdisciplinary programs, free of charge. This year elementary students in Scarborough, Windham-Raymond, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and the Levey Day School will benefit from A Century [...]

March Reception Suite Conservation Update

Conservators are now finishing the cleaning and stabilization of the Reception Suite ceiling. Next they will coat the surface with a removable barrier varnish to protect the original paint while also allowing for future conservation efforts to take place. Once the varnish is in place, in-painting of areas with damaged paint can begin. Many of [...]

Completion of IMLS Textiles Storage Room Project

The Mansion recently completed a major project of creating a dedicated textiles storage and study room. A prestigious grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded in 2014, helped fund the project to transform the former third-floor trunk room into a modern space where our unique collection of original textiles can be stored [...]