Geared for Culture Bowling Green Itinerary

Discover the soul of our town through a culture-themed journey that invites you to explore its captivating museums, landmarks, and traditions. From the roar of the engines at the National Corvette Museum to the stories told at the Kentucky Museum, this itinerary promises an unforgettable cultural exploration in Bowling Green.

Day 1

Visual art from the area's most accomplished artists is followed by a selection of decorative and textile art on the first day of this trek. If the schedule allows, finish the day with a performance at the Southern KY Performing Arts Center or Capitol Arts Theatre.

Stop 1

Perhaps the most hidden jewel in Bowling Green, at least for now, is a tribute to world-renowned artist Joe Downing. Originally from Horse Cave, Ky., Downing spent most of his life creating noteworthy art in France. This vast private collection was almost destroyed by fire several years ago, so don't miss the haunting photos and recovered pieces on display.

  • 4801 Morgantown Road
  • (270) 842-7415

The Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum is one of Bowling Green's finest gems and should be on every visitor's list. First opened in 2009 and made available to the general public in 2014 along with The Baker Arboretum, the Downing Museum displays a vast collection of fine art by…

Stop 2

If pop culture art is more your taste, don't fret! There is an amazing selection of vintage art and movie posters at the next site on this cultural trail. Part shop, part art gallery, Artistic Soul Studio is a hidden gem that should be on every college student's list of must-see's in Bowling Green!

  • 1014 E. 11th Avenue
  • (270) 991-0614

Artistic Soul Studio is open by appointment only at this time, but it also features an Etsy shop: that offers shipping. Artistic Soul Studio features a large accumulation of posters, acquired from film festivals since 1990, over 1,500…

Stop 3

A short drive to historic downtown Bowling Green will land you at the edge of Western Kentucky University's campus and its collection of fine, decorative and fabric arts. Pieces in the Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery span five centuries and the vibrant Quilt Gallery features rotating collections.

  • 1444 Kentucky Street
  • (270) 745-2592

If you think the Bluegrass state is only horses and bourbon, then step into this 80,000 sq. ft. museum celebrating all aspects of South-Central Kentucky’s art, history, and culture. Current exhibits focus on issues such as women's role in politics, "Crazy Quilt Mania", the art…

Stop 4

One of the centerpieces of downtown BG's revitalization is your next destination. Opened in 2012, SKyPAC is the region's premier performing arts center with a striking tribute to Corvette... two vintage factory colors were used in the Performance Hall! The spacious lobby and two art galleries are open to the public on weekdays and weekend show days, but be sure to check out their online calendar that also includes events at the Capitol Arts Center on the square in order to catch a show.

  • 601 College Street
  • (270) 904-1880

The Arts of Southern Kentucky is excited to raise the curtain once again on an entertaining season of local and touring arts performances, community events, and exhibitions at SKyPAC. The facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art auditorium that hosts Broadway Musicals…

Day 2

Begin the next day of culture-cruising through Bowling Green by seeing local potters at play before dining among regional art. Then you'll wrap up this artsy itinerary with a theatrical performance, concert or possibly some live music at one of several nightlife venues.

Stop 1

Three working pottery studios are located in BG and visitors are invited to watch unique pieces come to life on the wheel. Perhaps you will find that one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir to take home at one or all of the following locations. 

  • 428 East Main
  • (270) 904-0599

Home to eight potters who work and sell their beautiful wares on site in the Gallery. The Gallery also represents local Kentucky artisans who share their unique arts and crafts. In addition, Fair Trade crafts from around the world and selection of "rescued" arts and treasures are…

  • 1121 E. 14th Ave.
  • (270) 782-8550

Rickman Pottery offers handmade, functional, and one-of-a-kind pottery pieces. Order beautiful Rickman Pottery pieces online at Call 270-782-8550 to discuss custom and VIP gifts.

Stop 2

Art enthusiasts enjoy more than great food at The Bistro in downtown Bowling Green. Patrons are treated to original art from regional artists adorning the walls of the historic 1893 Fletcher House on College Street. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday, The Bistro is undoubtedly one of BG's best.

  • 1129 College St.
  • (270) 781-9646

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, just two blocks from Fountain Square in the historic 1893 Fletcher House. The Bistro plays host to both first-rate meals and service whether you dine in the private upstairs dining rooms, on the main floor, in the…

Stop 3

A little advanced planning is needed to make the most of the final act. Hopefully, between our professional and university music ensembles, community and student theatre troupes, live music venues or simply a bar & grill showcasing local acts, you'll find something on our arts & entertainment calendar to help you fine-tune your evening!

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