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Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

Address: 1620 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY
Phone Number: (606) 329-8888
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Ashland
Type: Museums, Shopping
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Type: Museums, Shopping

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Louisa, Kentucky
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My mom and I both enjoyed this museum and thought the cost to get in was very reasonable, $5 per person. It had a lot of information on the local country artists from Eastern KY. They also have a new section on space exploration that was well done. The basement area had a number of hands on displays for children.... More 

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Ashland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Went on the annual dinner and walking tour of the Ashland Cemetary and found it to be interesting and informative. The tour guide, Jim Epling, was full of knowledge of the locals who were a great part of the history of Ashland, Ky. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know who lived here and what has happened in... More 

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The museum is located in what used to be the big department store in Ashland, where my husband grew up, so there is lots of exhibit space and it is very well done. There is a small gift shop inside the museum. My favorite exhibits were the ones showing the history of Highway 23 and country music.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Discovered this hidden gem while looking for something to do after lunch with a friend while in Ashland. Good thing we visited on the day it was open till 4 because we barely had enough time to finish going through it. I enjoyed all of the exhibits from the one on toys to the swimsuit exhibit and all in between.... More 

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ky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is truly a hidden gem! The displays are professional, varied with wonderful descriptions. It's hard to believe a small home town museum could have the quality exhibits that Highlsnd consistently enjoy.

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London, Kentucky
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This place is on par with most kids museums and not that expensive if you have an hour or two to kill take your kids.

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Columbus, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Lots of local (country music) and interactive exhibits. On par with museums in Columbus, Cincy, & Indy. Great for all ages. Awesome location.

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Kentucky, USA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Given the budget and "audience" of this museum, I think that they surpass expectations. This is not world-class, by any stretch, but it is a great place to learn about the history of live in the Ohio River value, the founding of Ashland, and the country music heritage of our region. For families with young children, the play/exploration area in... More 

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Kentucky
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Exhibits run the gambit, so check to see if anything is there you are interested and go if you have the chance.

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Greenup, Kentucky
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

The musuem puts on exhibits of local interest from time to time. Okay for local school kids, not much else to say about it.

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