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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May24

Arte Cubano

March 9 - May 28, 2019

Arte Cubano highlights a universally agreed-upon characteristic of the island’s art: an incredible... Read More

May24

Flora and Fauna...

April 6 - June 15, 2019

This WKU art student installation was created by Professor Marilee Salvator’s printmaking courses.... Read More

May24

Highbrow

February 5 - October 1, 2020

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Museum hosted award winning artist Patrick... Read More

May24

Side by Side VSA Art...

April 13 - June 29, 2019

A collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and local artists... Read More

Jun3

Kentucky Museum...

June 3-14, 2019

The Kentucky Museum is offering two weeks of summer camp in June. Camp is Monday through Friday,... Read More