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.

Note: In accordance with WKU policies and World Health Organization recommendations, the Kentucky Museum has elected to close from March 14 to April 6. For more information, visit wku.edu/covid19. But you can visit virtually! https://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/virtualconncection.php

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. 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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Jun1

Side by Side VSA Art...

April 13 - June 30, 2020

*Note: This exhibit is available virtually at the link above since the Kentucky Museum is currently... Read More

Jun2

Gazing Deeply: The...

February 25 - February 19, 2022

*Note: This exhibit's companion guide is available virtually at the link above since the Kentucky... Read More

Jun2

Out of the Box

August 23 - June 20, 2020

* Note: In accordance with WKU policies and World Health Organization recommendations, the Kentucky... Read More

Jul1

Whitework: Women...

July 1 - December 31, 2020

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