Kentucky Museum

1444 Kentucky Street | Bowling Green, KY 42101
Visit Website

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.

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.

“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.



  • Meeting Space on-site:
  • Free Activities:

A Culture Carried:...

December 7 - May 11, 2019

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



February 5 - October 1, 2020

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


Arte Cubano

March 9 - May 28, 2019

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


Even Coverlets Get...

February 5 - May 15, 2019

Kentuckians have practiced the art of handweaving for more than 200 years. Techniques represented in... Read More


Jacqui Lubbers: A...

February 5 - May 15, 2019

Lubbers is a part-time weaving and art appreciation instructor in the WKU Art Department. "Even... Read More


The US Bank...

March 2 - April 5, 2019

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


Spring Break Clay...

April 1-5, 2019

This camp is for children in grades 1 through 6. Registration is limited to 20 students. Campers... Read More


Flora and Fauna...

April 6 - June 15, 2019

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


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