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Rufus Porter Museum and Cultural Heritage Center

Address: 67 North High St. (Route 302), Bridgton, ME
Phone Number: 207-647-2828
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Ranked #7 of 17 things to do in Bridgton
Type: Historic sites, Art galleries, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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Type: Historic sites, Art galleries, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Rufus Porter, the founder of Scientific American Magazine, was also a painter and inventor -- a genuine polymath. The tiny house has Porter murals on several walls, a collection of John Brewster paintings and many Porter miniature watercolor portraits. Two good docents and a short film make the trip worthwhile. It was a great experience, found on Google.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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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