Kentucky Museum

270-745-2592
1444 Kentucky Street | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Tuesday - Saturday 9am-4pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and all major holidays.

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. There's even a new whimsical stickwork art installation, Highbrow, to admire and walk through on the front lawn.

In the dynamic Civil War exhibit titled "A Star in Each Flag: Conflict in Kentucky," visitors can walk through a simulated campsite, view a fabricated slave cabin and original copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and examine period artifacts, including John Hunt Morgan's saddle, weapons, and more. This exhibit will be on display through Spring 2020.

Then 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 1815 Felts Log House also featured on the property.

In 2018, a special exhibit about South Central Kentucky’s Bosnian community entitled: "A Culture Carried, Bosnians in Bowling Green" opened at the museum. Based on oral interviews by the Kentucky Folklife Program, this exhibit showcases both the journey these neighbors made to our community following the Bosnian War (1992-1995) and also shares many of the intimate traditions they brought with them that add to our region. This exhibit will be open through May 2019.

As of January 2019, 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 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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Aug20

Basketry Now: 10th...

July 16 - November 30, 2019

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the National Basketry Organization 2019 Biennial... Read More

Aug20

Process Oriented...

July 5 - January 31, 2020

Process Oriented Works showcase various techniques such as engraving and collaging which allow the... Read More

Aug23

Out of the Box

August 23 - June 20, 2020

In 2019, the Kentucky Building celebrates 80 years of showcasing South Central Kentucky’s unique... Read More

Sep3

ZSEIFS Revisited

September 3 - May 30, 2020

In honor of International Year Of...Revisited 2019-20, the Kentucky Museum will host a retrospective... Read More

Feb1

Gazing Deeply: The...

February 1 - May 29, 2021

Gazing Deeply showcases how WKU’s backyard—the unique landscape of Mammoth Cave—is being studied,... Read More

Mar3

2020 Celebration of...

March 3 - April 30, 2021

The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibit is an open art show featuring the work of professional... Read More

Apr1

Political Bandwagon

April 1 - August 17, 2021

This exhibit explores how presidents, governors, and assorted statesmen and stateswomen have courted... Read More

Jul1

Whitework: Women...

July 1 - December 31, 2020

This exhibit explores the significance of early white embellished textiles that have been largely... Read More