Portland Museum

Urban Attractions

Portland Museum
The on-going restoration of Beech Grove, an 1852 Italianate antebellum residence and gardens, once a ‘country seat’ on the old road between Portland and Louisville, serves to tell the story of William and Mary Skene whose family lived here for eight decades.

Portland Museum was founded in 1978 by area school teachers, it grew from a single classroom to its location today at Beech Grove.

In a modern addition, the Portland Museum uses various exhibits to tell the story of Portland, a neighborhood rich with history and folk life.

A letterpress studio here is equipped with Chandler & Price presses, foundry type, and bookbinding equipment. As funding permits, children and adults learn and practice book making arts.

The Portland Museum’s Squire Earick House (c. 1819), an American treasure, may be the oldest house in Portland, and when its restoration is complete will tell important stories about life on the river’s edge, flatboats, steamboats, and the Underground Railroad.

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Adults: $7
Seniors: $6
Students: $5
Children under 5 : Free

Portland Museum
2308 Portland Avenue