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Rufus Porter Museum

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Charming and small museum

Rufus Porter was an inventor, founder of Scientific American, and a self-taught muralist. This... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2018
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Educational and Pleasant

The 15 minute video was interesting and the docents were eager to tell us about Rufus Porter, his... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
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The Rufus Porter Museum celebrates the life and times of a remarkably creative American genius who worked throughout Maine, New England, and beyond.
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121 Main St, Bridgton, ME 04009-1131
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A friend who is quite familiar with Rufus Porter’s art suggested that we take the museum tour. Porter was a true polymath - artist (landscapes, portraits), inventor (rotating stock revolver, air ship, and many more), teacher and editor/publisher of Scientific American. Our guide was extremely...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2018

Rufus Porter was an inventor, founder of Scientific American, and a self-taught muralist. This charming little museum collection spotlights his discoveries and his art. I first visited in 2017 to attend one of a series of folk art classes that the museum sponsors for a...More

1  Thank msaffer2018
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Wow! What a guy Rufus Porter was! An inventor and an artist. And he made a living on his art! And what a legacy he left the United States. Great gift shop - reasonably priced and great products.

1  Thank Gettingt
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The 15 minute video was interesting and the docents were eager to tell us about Rufus Porter, his artwork and inventions. There is not much in the way of displays, but it is fascinating to learn about a person who invented so many things.

Thank Rowena H
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This small museum spotlights the art and inventions of Rufus Porter. I visited during the week of folk art courses and lectures sponsored by the museum. For enthusiasts of early American life, it is a unique opportunity to see Porter's original murals.

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Reviewed 26 October 2016

After arriving in Bridgton, we happened upon the Rufus Porter Museum.  It is a cute little museum (which is soon to become much larger due to the moving of a historic building onto their site).  The accomplishments of Rufus Porter in art and inventions are...More

2  Thank jen829
Reviewed 13 August 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...More

Thank SWG2015
Reviewed 6 August 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...More

1  Thank watrskiergurl
Reviewed 15 October 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...More

Thank amyhdh
Reviewed 15 August 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...More

2  Thank Melvyl
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