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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.

 

Tate House Museum is now open for guided tours through Oct 12, 2024.

Tours are offered Wed thru Sat every hour on the hour from

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

(six tours a day starting at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm)

NOTE: TATE HOUSE WILL BE ClOSED ON JULY 4

and have a modified schedule on JUNE 22 (see below).

Gift Shop open Wed- Sat during tour times!

Advance purchase tickets are generally not required, but are available here if you would like to reserve a particular date or time.  Tours are limited to 7 people and can sell out during our busy season in July and August. Please visit June 5- Oct 12 by showing up 10-15 min before the scheduled tour will begin.

 

COLONIAL LIVE! Saturday June 22, 12:00 noon – 4:00  pm

OPENING SEASON CELEBRATION AT TATE HOUSE MUSEUM

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Tate House Museum’s 2024 season on Saturday, June 22 from 12 noon to 4:00 PM. We’ll be doing colonial up big with fun activities for the whole family.

Our special guest is colonial re-enactor Michael Dekker who will be demonstrating how structures were built in the 18th century including the hand-hewing of logs. Dekker is the author of French and Indian Wars in Maine and will be engaging visitors with his extensive knowledge of the time period.

Colonial games and activities for children will be offered as well as tours of the house featuring our new temporary art installation by Ashley Page. There will be other colonial-focused activities such as a colonial play Tate Family & Neighbors, architectural tours, colonial displays, and more! Schedule details coming soon.

Entrance fees are $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 (under 6 free), $40 for families with up to 3 children. Members of Tate House Museum are $15 / $5 / $35. Tickets available at the door.

Come join in the fun and experience this unique museum with its colonial trappings LIVE! Experience our new, more inclusive narratives featuring the work and life of a domestic servant who was likely enslaved and Wabanaki baskets representing colonial trade.

Tate House Museum is pleased to announce our participation in Re-Site 2024 in partnership with SPACE.

This Mellon Foundation-funded program is the second edition of a site-specific temporary public art and Portland history-telling initiative first launched in 2020 as part of Maine’s Bicentennial. Re-Site 2024 offers five new artistic projects in partnership with diverse public organizations and spaces that will help expand community knowledge of local histories and their impacts today as well as generate dialogue about what we carry with us into the future. Re-Site 2024 projects come with site histories, artist statements, bibliographies for further reading, and recorded conversations with the artists and other key participants. FMI about Re-Site 2024, visit space538.org.

Art Installation by Ashley Page IMAGINING FREEDOM

               will be on view through June 30, 2024

Join us for this unique and provocative exhibit and more inclusive telling of Tate House and colonial Portland history.

 

In honor of Juneteenth, the Tate House Museum is offering  

Imagining Freedom Cyanotype Workshop

with artist Ashley Page from 12-3 pm

Participants will start by gaining in-depth learning about the history of the Tate House, Stroudwater Village, and the state of Maine from Ashley and Tate House Museum’s executive director Holly K. Hurd and consulting curator Laura F. Sprague to be grounded in the theme of Imagining Freedom. Following this, we will explore these themes through cyanotypes. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring found objects, ephemera, or materials with personal significance such as grass, hair, beads, rocks, shells, feathers, fabric, inks, special papers.

Tickets cost $30 each which includes all materials.

Space is limited to 25 people.

Please note, due to the cyanotype process, sunlight is essential. *Rain date for this event is Sunday, June 23, *2-5 pm*. Please be mindful of both dates when signing up.

The Tate House Museum will also be open to the public for a Community Day of free admission on June 19th from 10 am – 4 pm with tours every hour on the hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm.

**Registration for free tours is required by June 17 .  FMI contact Director Holly K. Hurd hkhurd@tatehouse.org**

 Ashley Page (ashleypagestudio.com), interdisciplinary artist and

Studio and Programs Manager at Indigo Arts Alliance, describes her project as follows:

Reconciling Portland, Maine’s history of industrialization and colonization while contending with the global reverberations of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Imagining Freedom, asks the viewer to step into the shoes of an enslaved Black individual, Bet. Her age, appearance, homelands, and quality of life are all unknown, lost to the unraveling nature of time. Only appearing in court records, we know nothing about Bet other than that she was a servant living and working in the Tate House in the 1770s for an indeterminate amount of time. Researching the social, political, and economic landscape of Maine during this period and reviewing archival documents, Page makes an intentional departure from the archive as she asks the guiding question: What did freedom look like for Bet? What did her daydreams look like, sound like, taste like? This historical recovery project grapples with the ways enslaved peoples were excluded from historical records and navigates new ways we tell our stories.

Meg Hahn of SPACE (left) and Artist Ashley Page in the kitchen of Tate House

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Tate House Museum preservation projects supported by

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Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine 04102