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Rufus Porter Museum and Cultural Heritage Center

67 North High St. (Route 302), Bridgton, ME
207-647-2828
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Ranked #8 of 16 Attractions in Bridgton
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- Aug 14, 2014
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If Bridgton, Maine, is on or near your route (!), be sure to visit this tiny gem of a museum. Rufus Porter was a polymath extraordinaire, being a musician, inventor, teacher, painter, editor, author, etc. He founded Scientific American, a periodical which is still going strong a century and a half later. But most of the interest in this museum... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Rufus Porter (circa 1850) invented the revolver of which the Colts bought the rights from him. He published the "Scientific American", a magazine still sold today, was a teacher, mural painter, author, and invented an airship/blimp that he hoped would carry '49ers to the Calif. Gold Rush, and was the Martha Stewart of his day - doing it all! This... More

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