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Headley-Whitney Museum

4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510
859-255-6653
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Ranked #29 of 55 attractions in Lexington
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a noted jewelry designer from... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I went there for a friends wedding in April and they did a Absolute Splendid job accommodating 250 Guests. The upkeep of the grounds were beautiful and the facility exceptionally clean.

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Liked: Beautiful displays of bibelots - Google it :), minerals, doll houses and paintings. A tour of the small library of the founder is included. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Disliked: You can go through it in about an hour, they charge $10 for adults, but you get two for one with a AAA membership

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lexington, KY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I went to this museum about 10 years ago and was impressed with the "shell room", "gem room", and "library/office". I recently returned when I had family in town, and paid $65 for 7 of us to get in. You can no longer go in any of the 3 rooms that I mentioned. The museum is limited to the main... More

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This place has beautiful grounds to walk around, fun workshops for the kids and several different building with wonderful things to see. I have been several times and will go again. It is a great place to take out of town/state visitors.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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34 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

This unique private boutique museum was started by an eccentric, rather jolly, millionaire (I think he would have been pleased with the lable) who designed and made amazing pieces of jewelry. He built the museum on his farm to display the dazzling works, After his death a foundation has maintained the collections and added works by other artists. If you... More

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Charleston, WV
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86 reviews 86 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I had read this museum was a hidden gem so we were expecting something great. The museum is easy to find and is fairly small. While we were there, there was an exhibit of Chinese porcelean and some Tibetan photographs. Niether of these were interpreted with descriptions, or ages or much of anything that allowed us to learn why these... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

An unexpected surprise! Even the drive to the museum is beautiful! Mr. Headley was a jewelry designer for many movie stars of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He also liked to design lovely trinkets out of gems just as decorative items to sit around and talk about. I think his personal library was more interesting than his gemstone creations. He... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

My wife and I visited the museum on a whim this past weekend as we were looking for something different. We have lived in Lexington for 16 years and had never really heard of the Headley-Whitney Museum, but we left impressed with the collection. We initially went to see the Chinese scrolls, which were nice, but we were much more... More

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Lexington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This museum has such a traditional feel of old Lexington is has many high dollar displays

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Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

We had our rehearsal dinner at the museum and it was an amazing location, great service, and perfect grounds

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