Walls on Public View

Paint-decorated plaster walls are in the collections of museums, on display in historical societies, or stewarded by other organizations or businesses. Below is a sampling of original paint-decorated walls that are open to the public. Check with organizations directly for times and availability.



Bethel, ME

In-situ J.D.Poor murals with minor restoration.

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Dr. Moses Mason House, built 1813

Bethel Historical Society


Kennebunk, ME

Moses Eaton-style stenciled wall

Thompson House

Brickstore Museum


Augusta, ME

Cleaned and installed J.D.Poor murals.

Augusta Maine State Museum walls from Sa

From Capt. Sam Benjamin House, Winthrop, ME

Maine State Museum


Portland, ME

1860's trompe l'oeil painted walls in-situ.

Victoria Mansion




Bedford, MA

Early grisaille walls in-situ in fair condition with some restoration.

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Job Lane House, built 1713, decorated 1820s


Harvard, MA

Grisaille wall with minor restorations. 

Harvard, MA Fruitlands Museum-Whitney Ho

Removed from Whitney House, Harvard, MA

Fruitlands Museum


Boston, MA

School of Rufus Porter murals depicting Boston Harbor, c. 1824.

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From Prescott Tavern, Jaffrey, NH, built 1803

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston​


Lexington, MA

Professionally-restored, signed J.D. Poor wall, c. 1830

From Silas Burbank House, Mt. Vernon, ME

Installed in Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives, Museum of Our National Heritage


Sturbridge, MA

In-situ Grisaille walls in front foyer, stairway and upper hall with major restoration.

Oliver Wight Tavern  

Old Sturbridge Village


Townsend, MA

Untouched Porter-attributed walls in-situ.

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Oliver Reed House, built 1809

Townsend Historical Society


New Hampshire


Hancock, NH

School of Rufus Porter murals with major restoration.

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Hancock Inn


Tamworth, NH

Untouched John Avery painted walls.

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Dr. Remick family house, built 1808

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm www.remickmuseum.org   

Portsmouth, NH

Earliest extant American wall murals, c. 1718,  restored.

Portsmouth, NH Warner House Trompe l'oei

Warner House, built 1716


New York


New York, NY

Mural installed in a gallery with minor restoration


Removed from Hackett House, Thornton, NH

Folk Art Museum


Coopertown, NY

William Price walls restored and installed. 

NYSHA Cooperstown, NY Carroll House sign

Removed from Carroll House Springfield, NY

The Farmer's Museum




Shelburne, VT

J.D.Poor muraled walls

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Removed from from Capt. Dudley Haines House, Readfield, Maine

Shelburne Museum