The Rufus Porter Museum was founded in 2005 to celebrate the life of Rufus Porter (1792-1884), a painter, inventor, musician, and writer. The museum began by preserving and exhibiting Rufus Porter Style wall murals, and since has expanded to encompass Porter’s other accomplishments, and to promote the preservation of early 19th Century Maine and New England culture for future generations. We invite you to share in Porter's uniquely American blend of creativity, ingenuity, practicality, and energy by coming to explore Rufus Porter's era through the museum.
The mission of the Rufus Porter Museum is to increase the enjoyment, knowledge, and pride of our communities by bringing to life the world and the inspiring works of Rufus Porter—a remarkable American artist and inventor
What's Happening at The Museum
Folk Art Inspired by the Civil War
June 22-October 13
The Rufus Porter Museum’s 2013 Special Exhibit will focus on patriotic folk art. It will include many eagles, whirligigs, weathervanes, crocks, and other patriotic objects used in everyday activities designed to express pride in being an American. Featured will be... Read more
Cultural Heritage Series
Monday July 22 - Saturday July 27
The 7th annual Cultural Heritage Series is a series of workshops focused on traditional folk art techniques. Classes include Rufus Porter Style Painting, Penny Rugs, and Floor Cloth Painting... Read more
"The Big Event"
Friday, August 16
The Bridgton Historical Society and the Rufus Porter Museum, will be holding a combination live auction and silent auction with dinner and music, Friday August 16, 5:30 - 9:00 pm at the Goldsmith Dinning Hall at the Bridgton Academy. Tickets are $25.00 at the door, or can be reserved in advance either through the Historical Society or the Museum ... Read more