Who we are
Founded in 1978 by elementary school teachers, the Portland Museum grew from a single classroom to its present location in Beech Grove, an antebellum “country seat” on the old road between Portland and Louisville. The on-going restoration of Beech Grove, an 1852 Italianate residence with vintage gardens, serves to tell the story of William and Mary Skene whose family lived here for eight decades. In a modern addition, the Portland Museum uses long-term and temporary exhibits to tell the story of Portland – a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood that is rich with history and folk life.
Beech Grove Press, a letterpress studio, is equipped with Chandler & Price presses, cases of foundry type, and bookbinding equipment. Here, as funding permits, children and adults learn and practice book arts. Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press in Owen County, Kentucky, has been a major influence over the years.
The Portland Museum’s Squire Earick House, 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 and steamboats, and the Underground Railroad.
Nathalie Andrews, Executive Director
Teresa Lee, Museum Educator/Visitor Services Coordinator
Katherine Taft, Communications/Office Manager
Board of Trustees
Maria McGary, President
Rosanne Kruzich, Secretary
Sherry Cockrell, Treasurer
VISIT PORTLAND MUSEUM
Visit Portland Museum
2308 Portland Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40212
Phone: (502) 776-7678
Email Portland Museum: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Interstate 64: Take the 22nd Street Exit. Turn right onto Portland Avenue. Portland Museum is located one block west, on the left side of the street.
From Main Street: Take 21st Street North until it becomes 22nd Street. Continue to intersection with Portland Avenue, turn left. Portland Museum is located one block West, on the left side of the street.
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PARKING: Off-street parking is available in the parking lot on the south side of Lytle Street, behind the museum. Accessible parking available in lot behind museum on North side of Lytle. Both can be reached by driving through the museum grounds or from the intersection of 22nd and Lytle.
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment
Children (5 and under): Free
Discounts: $1.00 off for AAA, AAM, National Trust, military personnel.
Groups of 10 or more adults: $6.00 per person
Please contact us about special arrangements for group tours.
Support Portland Museum
Portland Museum, a private, not-for-profit institution, depends on people like you to help fulfill its mission. Your donations support preservation of collections, educational programs, community outreach and more. Your support is vital to ensure that the story of Portland will be told for generations to come.
The generosity of many civic-minded individuals, corporations, government entities, and foundations make the programs and projects of the museum possible, and we extend our most heartfelt appreciation to each one, large and small, who lend support. Together, we are making a better community.
Please consider making a donation today!
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Portland Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation supports Young Curators Preservation Camp
Grants from Metro Louisville External Agency Fund support educational programs.
Support also provided by
iRead Summer Camp
Tiffanie Hanvey was a wonderful teacher and mentor to our campers this year! Reading and writing skills were honed through fun art activities and group play. Campers learned about world geography, our solar system, and explored the mysteries of the ocean. We would like to wish Ms. Hanvey good luck in her exciting next adventure teaching in South America!
Special recognition and thanks to District 5 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, and Metro Parks EAF dollars for making this educational programing possible.
Young Curators Preservation Camp
What a fun camp! Young Preservation campers had quite the unique and amazing opportunity to participate in a real archaeological dig at the Historic Squire Earick house. Many interesting artifacts were found beneath the back porch area, including a spear tip that we have preliminarily dated back to over 1000 years ago! Campers also worked with Restoration Carpenter, T. Mike Mullinix, to learn about what tools were used to build the house, how carpenters used mortise and tenon joints to secure the framing, and even were able to make their own mortise and tenon joints as well as build flat boat models! Ash Braunecker, a masters student at the University of Louisville, and the museum's educator, Teresa Lee, taught the campers the social history of the families that lived in the house, how surveying was done in the 1800's, and the role of cartography in researching the history of the house.
Thank you to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for providing funding for this program.
Want to learn more about Portland? Get involved in Portland community initiatives through Portland Museum projects or other neighborhood organizations:
Portland Wharf Park: "Linking Our Heritage to Our Future," A Preserve America Project
On the “wet side” of the floodwall near 34th street lies the 55-acre site of Portland Wharf Park where General William Lytle founded the Town of Portland in 1811. Portland Museum and Louisville's Metro Parks Department are working together to develop Portland Wharf Park as an educational opportunity and cultural heritage destination.
Portland Preservation Alliance
“Honor our Past, Build our Future” is the motto of PPA. Join the Portland preservation community in meetings, workshops, tours and other endeavors to preserve Portland's history and architecture.
This neighborhood organization, known as the “Voice of Portland,” addresses issues and concerns of the Portland community including economic development, quality housing, preservation of historic architecture, education and many other environmental and social issues.