Housed in an 1852 Italianate mansion with a modern addition, the Portland Museum uses long-term and temporary exhibits to tell the story of Portland a historically rich neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.
Portland's Captain Mary Millicent Miller, a robotic mannequin, tells how she became "a lady steamboat man," the first woman licensed as a steamboat master in America.
Portland: the Land, the River, and the People details how the town of Portland developed below the Falls of the Ohio River in the 19th century. Dioramas, models, panels, and automated lights and sounds bring fascinating characters and events to life in a 23 minute experience.
Plus, view newsreels of the 1937 Ohio River Flood, animated films created by school children, and films about John James Audubon or the Tarascon Mill.
Portland's rich character comes to life through vintage photographs, architectural details, and computer-aided slideshows.
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The Albert B. Comstock and Skene Galleries, located in historic Beech Grove, feature temporary exhibits in the arts and humanities.
Comstock Gallery: "Lincoln: A Presidency in Pictures"
"Lincoln: A Presidency in Pictures" exhibition features approximately 50 engravings that depict the major events of the Lincoln Presidency, from the Republican Convention in Chicago (May, 1860) to the hanging of Lincoln's assassins (July, 1865). All the images, original engravings published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly, are from a private collection and have not been previously displayed in Kentucky. The pictures, contemporaneous with the events they depict, tell the story of the Lincoln presidency and demonstrate the power of imagery in 19th century popular media.
Skene Gallery: Earick family portraits by John James Audubon
The Portland Museum is restoring Beech Grove and its gardens which will serve to tell the story of William and Mary Skene whose family lived here for eight decades.