Street Address
121 Main Street
Bridgton, ME 04009
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 544
Bridgton, ME 04009
Hours
Open seasonally. Check website for more details.
Admissions
Adults: $8
Active Military and Family: Free
Members: free
Students (): $4
Children under 15 Free
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Karla Leandri Rider, Director-Curator
phone: 207-647-2828

Mission

The Rufus Porter Museum celebrates the life and times of a remarkably creative American genius who worked throughout Maine, New England, and beyond.

History

Founded in 2005, The Rufus Porter Museum located in Bridgton, Maine features the history of a remarkable 19th century New Englander, Rufus Porter (1792-1884). Porter is well-known in the folk art community for his landscape murals and miniature portraits, however, Porter was more than just a painter. He was the founding publisher and editor of the magazine Scientific American as well as inventor, writer, teacher and more.

Open seasonally from early June-October, the museum's main exhibit located in the Webb house features the story of Rufus Porter that includes a collection of miniature portraits, models of some of his inventions, books and pamphlets written by Porter, and early editions of Scientific American. On exhibit in the historic Nathan Church house are landscape murals in situ in Porter's School of Landscape mural style, and an extricated wall section painted by artist John Avery, a contemporary of Porter's. Included in the museum's collection though not yet on display are walls painted by Jonathan D. Poor (Porter's nephew). Temporary exhibit panels depicting the Poor murals can be viewed in the interim.

Artifacts Collections

The Rufus Porter Museum, a folk and decorative arts museum, is the only entity devoted to Porter’s work and displays his 1828 murals as well as other examples of his remarkable career. He founded the Scientific American magazine in 1845 to encourage the innovations which were vital to the Industrial Revolution

Research Collections

Excellent collection of folk and decorative arts books and magazines. Many original Scientific American issues from the 1800's.

Educational Programs

Children's creativity workshops will focus on the museum exhibits, including different perspectives of Rufus Porter's life, achievements, inventions, and of course his art.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Group Tours