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"The Portland Museum is an educational resource that exists to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret and enhance the culture and heritage of Portland."




Old Photograph of a Portland resident believed to be Ms.HarrisThe collections of the Portland Museum play an important role in understanding American life in a particular yet representative place, detailing the history and material culture of Portland, once an independent town at the Falls of the Ohio and now an urban neighborhood of Louisville.

The growing collection includes artifacts, costumes, paintings, drawings, photographs, documents, oral histories and vernacular objects such as: cobblers tools, cooking utensils, quilts, amusement park prizes, opera glasses, chimney pots and various architectural details, business ledgers and advertisements, bottles and crocks, a collection of beer paraphernalia, and handmade cast nets for fishing and net making tools. The collection is informed by a body of research.

The collection is not currently available to the public for research but the staff will process requests for information on an as-time-allows basis. Please contact 502-776-7678 to get your Research Request form. Once you fill out the form...

Fax your request to: 502-776-9874 or

Mail your request to:
Nathalie Andrews
Portland Museum
2308 Portland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40212

There is a small fee for this service.

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