Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum

(270) 842-7415
4801 Morgantown Road | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Open Tuesday- Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday 12-4pm; Closed all holidays

The Downing Museum at the 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 the late Joe Downing. The collection includes examples of his abstraction and experimentation with different media formats including leather, linen, canvas, old wood, metal, staples, and found objects. Joe Downing was a world-renowned artist, Western Kentucky University alumnus and brother of the late WKU President Dero Downing. A Horse Cave, Ky. native, Downing spent most of his life creating artwork in France with studios in Menerbes and Paris. Jerry Baker and Joe Downing were long-time personal friends who collaborated on the design of the Downing Museum.

Offering visitors PPE upon arrival with hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum. Cleaning regiments have increased, and all visitors are asked to kindly observe social distancing within the museum as well. Up to 10 visitors will be allowed at a time (no group tours at this time) and entrances and exits will be limited in order for staff to monitor safely.

Visitors to the museum will also see works by regional artists including stunning furniture made by local artist Mark Whitley and are invited to then venture outside and enjoy the surrounding Baker Arboretum, also home to sculptures and unique art pieces. Additionally, a collaboration between the Downing Museum and 4yoga brings meditation and yoga to the Museum on select Saturdays each month. Reserve your space at


A Retrospective...

September 14 - November 13, 2021

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Silk Paintings...

September 14 - October 30, 2021

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