For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Shelby Bryant
Museum Assistant
(207) 647-2828
staff@rufusportermuseum.org
Rufus Porter Museum Uses Its Ingenuity to Launch Online Tour
Wednesday, September 9th - The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity has added a virtual tour and virtual special exhibit to its visitor experience. The online tour explores the museum's permanent and special exhibits located in the Webb House and the Church House, the two historic homes that comprise the museum's campus in Bridgton, through a series of videos and slide shows. The special virtual exhibit is only available online.

While the staff and volunteers of the Rufus Porter Museum feel very fortunate that the museum was able to open its doors this season, the need to provide a virtual experience was always at the forefront of 2020 programming. "The world has changed, and so has the purpose of museums" says Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director. "We need to find ways to connect with people beyond the brick and mortar setting of our museum buildings. Many people are concerned for their safety and their health, but that shouldn't prevent them from having a true museum experience."

The online tour and special exhibit can be viewed by visiting the museum's website (www.rufusportermuseum.org), clicking on "Collection," then "Online Tour." The tour and exhibit are free to view, though donations to the museum are greatly encouraged.
About the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity
Founded in 2005, the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity celebrates the life, times, and legacy of Rufus Porter through the preservation and promotion of creativity and invention. Open Thursday - Saturday,12:00 pm to 4:00 pm until October 10th. Also open by appointment.

Rufus Porter (1792-1884): Artist, musician, teacher, inventor and founder of Scientific American magazine.
Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity | 121 Main Street / P. O. Box 544, Bridgton ME 04009 | 207.647.2828 | staff@rufusportermuseum.org | www.rufusportermuseum.org