Kentucky Museum

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 dedicated to the history, art, and culture of Kentucky’s past and present. There's even a new whimsical stickwork art installation, Highbrow, to 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.

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 Felts Log House.

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.



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A Culture Carried:...

December 7 - May 31, 2019

Bowling Green, Kentucky's population is comprised of nearly 5,000 Bosnian Americans. Learn about... Read More


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