The Rufus Porter Museum in downtown Bridgton, Maine is the only museum of its kind in the world. If you love art and history, it's worth the trip to Bridgton to enjoy the work of this Maine artist and inventor.

This historic museum is dedicated to bringing the creations of Maine artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792-1884) to a whole new generation of art lovers. Porter was a man of many talents. He was a painter, miniature portrait artist and inventor. According to the museum's website, Porter invented many things, including a life preserver, a fan blower, a steam engine, an elevated railroad and a windless water elevator.

The museum is located at 121 Main Street in Bridgton. It is open between now through October and has limited hours.

Here are a few of Porter's pieces, featured in the museum: