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The Kentucky Museum

1444 Kentucky Street, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-745-2592
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Ranked #16 of 26 attractions in Bowling Green
Type: History Museums, Libraries
Owner description: Located on the grounds of Western Kentucky University, the museum features rich collections of decorative arts,artifacts focusing on Duncan Hines, the... more » Owner description: Located on the grounds of Western Kentucky University, the museum features rich collections of decorative arts,artifacts focusing on Duncan Hines, the Civil War, Quilts, the Snell collection of European art and iconic items from America’s leaders in various fields, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmy Carter, Sandra Day O’Conner, Ken Burns, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charlie Daniels, Liza Minnelli and many, many more. « less
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Horse Cave, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Duncan Hines displays were interesting and informative. Civil War displays and photos amazing! Quilt display very unique as well as furniture displays. Was easy to get lost on self-guided tour; sometimes hard to keep group together.

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Northport, Alabama
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Paying $10 for a museum that includes numerous quilts, the IAE exhibit, and not a lot about Kentucky is disappointing. If you like quilts, the exhibit may be enough reason for you to visit. If you like IAE (Instruments of American Excellence), that may be enough for you to visit. If you want to learn more about Kentucky history and... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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153 reviews 153 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Had some time to kill while in town before driving to Cave City, so we decided to stop. I am glad we did. Many floors of displays that were truly interesting. The Duncan Hines exhibit was fascinating. Maybe a bit pricey, but still an enjoyable time.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The museum is great, make sure you spend seeing the exhibits. I use the Special Collections an Manuscripts section alot. Its wealth of information. If you are doing local genealogy, a great place to start. The staff are top notch.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is a small museum, and it's delightful. It's staffed by students, and they are helpful. We toured the furniture (mostly victorian) and quilt exhibits and enjoyed it very much. For the price $5 per for us, it was great for an after-lunch pasttime.

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Clearwater, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I went to visit this museum while passing through town on a road trip. I thought it was a decent museum with quite a few things to look at but it was nothing special in my eyes. Large sections of local artists and quilts which did not interest me much. They had a nice civil war section, but nothing I... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Located on W Kentucky campus a little hard to find. You park across the street. Interesting display on Duncan Hines otherwise just another typical small museum.

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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322 reviews 322 reviews
85 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Senior price is only $2.50, a good value. There are 3 floors which wind around a bit. The lower floor had so-so pictures of KY "folk" scenes. The first floor had OK artist's exhibit, and some pretty good civil war displays. The upper floor's quilt display is very well done though the decorative arts collection is not well displayed. In... More

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Albuquerque
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84 reviews 84 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

In truth, I've been there twice but only saw the fascinating Civil War exhibit. I live in New Mexico so am not a Civil War buff and found the displays informative and interesting especially as related to local history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Enjoyed the Kentucky Room with the huge fireplaces, oil paintings, and beautiful staircase.

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