Tate House Museum and COVID 19

Due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19, our historic buildings–the Tate House and our Means House visitors center — will be closed to the general public for the June through October 2020 season. We are sorry that regular inside tours of the Tate House will not be offered and the Gift Shop and restroom are also closed.



Instead of our regular Tate House tours, we’ve developed outdoor tours, lectures, and virtual programs, adapting to the pandemic challenge in ways that allow us to continue engaging with our enthusiastic public. Though our popular Colonial Christmas event must also be cancelled this year, we are offering individual access to our gift shop for patrons who would like to shop for the holiday season, Nov 30 through mid-December. Please contact info@tatehouse.org if you would like to schedule a visit.




                    Mayflower II in Cape Cod Bay, 2014. Photo courtesy of Plimoth Patuxet  

          Celebrate the 400th Anniversary

of the Arrival of the Mayflower at Plymouth!

The Tate House Museum and the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Maine invite you to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth on December 18, 1620 with speaker Captain Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations at Plimoth Patuxet (PP), formerly Plimoth Plantation. Captain Perry recently oversaw a three-year restoration project of MAYFLOWER II, the Mayflower replica that received over 25 million visitors from the time of its docking at PP in 1957 and 2016. Perry also commanded the restored vessel from Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut (site of the restoration work) on her voyage home to Plymouth last year. He will show brand new video and documentary photographs taken by the restoration crew while describing the challenges of historic restoration, sharing the exhilaration of sailing Mayflower II, and highlighting the role of the Mayflower in America’s colonial history.

Please join us for an illustrated Zoom lecture:

“Restoration of Mayflower II”

by Captain Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, Plimoth Patuxet
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM (program will last ~75 minutes with Q &A)
               Admission: $10.00 members of Tate House Museum, $15.00 general public

(If you are interested in becoming a member please click “Join Us” (pull down menu above), email info@tatehouse.org, or call 774-6177)

To register, please email info@tatehouse.org and leave your phone number. A Tate House Museum representative will call to take your credit card information for payment.

      Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the event, December 8.

THANK YOU to our program SPONSORS:

Hamilton Marine,

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maine,

Maine’s First Ship 1607,  and 

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maine.

The Mayflower is an inspiring symbol of freedom and self-determination that commemorates a notable event in American history. Mayflower II is Plimoth Patuxet’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the English colonists to the Wampanoag homeland of Patuxet, now known as Plymouth, in 1620. Mayflower II was built between 1955 and 1957 in Brixham, England as a gift from the people of the United Kingdom honoring the alliance of our countries during World War II. The ship set sail from Plymouth, England on April 20, 1957 with a crew of 33 men and arrived on the shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13 to a crowd of 25,000 spectators. From 2016 to 2019, ~75% of Mayflower II was restored at Mystic Seaport Museum in an $11 million project led by Captain Perry and his team of maritime artisans that including shipwrights, riggers, caulkers, and painters.

Welcome to the Tate House Museum

The house was constructed for Captain George Tate (1700-1794), who had arrived in the Colonies with his family around 1750. Captain Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. His position bestowed upon him a prominent status in the community which is reflected in the style of architecture selected for this home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof. As the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public, Tate House offers an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine through impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds, herb gardens, and unique architecture.

Visit the historic home of Maine’s last Mast Agent and learn how New England forests fueled colonial industry, strengthened the British Royal Navy, and sparked rebellion.

Our Indoor Tours are Closed Due to Covid 19

Outdoor Tours through September 27

Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday

11:00: am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm

Registration & Payment 24 hours in advance.

Face coverings & Social-distancing required.





Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine 04102