Our Mission

Portland Museum is an educational resource that collects, preserves, exhibits, interprets, and enhances the culture and heritage of Portland, a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky that was once a thriving independent town.

At Portland Museum, we interpret history through the lens of arts and culture. Thus, we are not just a museum focused on the history of Portland – and inherently the history of Shippingport Island – we are so much more! We preserve local art, craft, and oral traditions; bring art and artists into the community; nurture community creative spirits and talents; use art as a vital tool for community development; and care for our museum collections of community artifacts and research.

PLEASE READ: Unfortunately, the collection is currently unavailable to the public for research. Check back for regular updates as the museum works toward making the collection accessible.