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Rufus Porter Museum and Cultural Heritage Center

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Address: 67 North High St. (Route 302), Bridgton, ME
Phone Number: 207-647-2828
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Fascinating little museum in the boonies

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2014
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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Mears, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Small museum in a lovely part of ME paying tribute to a most amazing and under-appreciated man.The staff is very knowledgeable. Who knew Porter's revolver predated Samuel Colts? Who knew that Zeppelins might have been called Porters?. Who knew that an accurate portrait could be done in 15 minutes?

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The Rufus Porter Museum opened in June 2005 in a small red cape at 67 North High St. Open seasonly, the museum features wall murals and miniature portraits painted by Rufus Porter, as well as other prominent Bridgton and New England folk artists. Since its founding, the museum's collection has expanded to include wall murals from Jonathan D. Poor (Porter's... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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