Blaine House and State House Tours

The Maine State Museum schedules tours for the Blaine House and State House. To schedule these tours, contact the museum at 207-287-2301 or complete the Group Reservation Form.

Blaine House
Tours are available Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.
for scheduled school groups;
2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for all other individuals and groups.

All Blaine House tours for individuals and groups must be scheduled in advance. You may use the Group Reservation Form or call 207-287-2301.

Please note: Tour group sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 people (with a maximum of 5 group leaders/chaperones for school groups). A completed Blaine House Security Form is required for ALL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS and MUST BE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE RESERVATION DATE.

Length of tour 25 minutes
NO ADMISSION CHARGED

The guided tour explores the first floor rooms of the 1833 mansion and describes the historical background of teacher turned political leader, James G. Blaine. The tour also provides information about the official uses of the house. Note: Official functions may cause the cancellation of scheduled tours.

Maine State House
Tours are given Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and noon.
30 person maximum
Length of tour 45 - 60 minutes, based on time and availability
NO ADMISSION CHARGED

The guided tour varies based on daily use of the building and size of the group, but may include the Hall of Flags and the House and Senate chambers, as well as a history of the building and the process of enacting a law.

If you want to be sure to schedule a visit to the State House when the full House or Senate is meeting in their respective chambers, check the 126th Legislature Session Schedule.

Note: Space in the House and Senate galleries is limited and may not be available for large groups.

SPECIAL NOTICE The Maine Capitol Police are now conducting entry screening of all visitors to the Maine State House, including students. To expedite the screening process, please:

  • arrive early for your State House Tour to allow time for the screening process; time needed for the screening process will vary;

  • if possible, start your visit to the State House Complex at the Maine State Museum where you can leave lunches and bags in the bins provided, or in the museum's coat room;

  • if your group is going directly to the State House, please leave lunches, bags, unnecessary metal objects, and other personal belongings on the bus or in your car; and

  • understand that cell phones, keys, and other personal belongs brought into the State House will be screened by an x-ray machine.

During inclement weather or if the group is very large, groups should enter the State House through the Cross State Office Building, opposite the State House. Once inside the building, take an immediate right, go directly down the stairs and through the connector to the State House. Please stay in line to one side of the hallway to allow others to pass.