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Address: 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510
Phone Number: 859-255-6653
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass...

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a noted jewelry designer from the twentieth century, the Museum houses pieces from Headley's impressive collection of jewelry and bibelots (small, decorative objects of beauty) in addition to an array of rotating exhibits and workshops. The property is also used for special events with many acres of unique and beautiful grounds to enjoy. Visit the Headley-Whitney Museum on your next trip to Kentucky and see why were are truly the Gem of the Bluegrass!

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The Headley Whitney museum is a small, intimate museum, originall an eccentric collector's promptly turned into a public museum.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Really cool hidden gem in Central Kentucky. Always seem to have different interesting exhibits, a lot of them showcasing local art and artists. The bucolic drive to the museum is gorgeous and worth the visit, in and of itself.

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Vincennes, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This museum is located in a beautiful setting in the midst of horse farm country. It's an eclectic collection from a family who did paintings and designed jewelry and collected many different things. There is a 3 car garage which has been renovated by Mr. Headley into a room designed and featuring shells. You may also tour his library and... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Lovely eccentric little museum right in the horse country. Temporary exhibits and some permanent fixtures. Beautiful garden. It's $12 to get in which is rather steep but I'm sure it's expensive to maintain.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was actually a better museum than we anticipated but it's oddly curated. It seems to be a collection of stuff owned by an eccentric couple. There were some great things to look at but not much in the way of signage or interpretation. There are some cool doll houses, a lot of horse memorabilia, some very cool jewelry (designed... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

They have a great standing collection and an ever-changing visiting exhibits. I recently saw Japanese carvings that were amazing. Make sure to take extra time to stroll around the grounds. The landscape and architecture are noteworthy.

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very nice land and displays of art with traveling exhibits and weekend activities. Very nice drive to the museum.

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Springfield, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We visited this museum thinking it probably had to do with horses. It is on the Headley Farm in Bluegrass Horse Country. Were we surprised. We were not aware that Mr. Headley was an accomplished jewelry designer. Beautiful, gorgeous pieces such as a small animal figure made of agate set with emeralds, diamonds and rubies. Many such pieces of various... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Having lived in Lexington for many years, I felt bad not having visited the Headley Whitney Museum. I took my 6 year old daughter for a summer field trip, and it was amazing. It is small, but the exhibits are one of a kind. The staff is friendly, and if you are like me, you enjoy being able to fully... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Headley Whitney museum is a small, intimate museum, originall an eccentric collector's promptly turned into a public museum.

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Ellijay, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This lovely country setting, fenced pastures and lively thoroughbred horses surround the modest home and eclectic museum. Set on a hill, the plantation is the perfect setting for the museum and art.

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