Kentucky Museum

(270) 745-2592
1444 Kentucky Street | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Current hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9am to 4pm

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, the art and science of Mammoth Cave, and the freshman year experience on campus. There's even a striking art installation in the courtyard produced by visiting artists from the HAD Collective in addition to the new Jonesville mural inside the museum's lobby.

Explore some sweet history in the “Recommended by Duncan Hines” exhibit and follow the career of the Bowling Green native from traveling salesman to esteemed restaurant critic to cake-mix king. Other exhibits include The Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery featuring decorative arts from Egyptian - 1970s, the world-renowned collection in the Elizabeth Richardson Quilt Gallery, and the 1810 Felts Log House is also featured on the property. Note: Face masks are required at all times on the free, self-guided tour.

There is currently no admission fee to the museum for individuals and families! Group rates still apply for docent-led tours and activities. Additionally, there is meeting space available for rent in the Charles Hardcastle Kentucky Building. “Kentuckians need to know Kentucky” was the museum’s earliest conceptual framework, which took shape in the eyes of WKU’s founding president Henry Hardin Cherry. Today, in its 80th year, it is a steadfast educational campus partner helping to inspire innovation, elevate community, and transform the lives of WKU students and the community.



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