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Headley-Whitney Museum

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Address: 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510
Phone Number: 859-255-6653
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Description: 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
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Lexington, Kentucky
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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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Key West
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Headley-Whitney may not be for everyone, but it is one of the more eclectic museums one may ever encounter. George Headley was a Lexington artist and acquaintance of Henry Faulkner and Earnest Hemingway. Headley's medium was seashells, and his designs are varied and exquisite. Take a road less travelled and enjoy the journey.

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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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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Headley-Whitney Museum is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Bibelots are amazing to study. The children (adults too) love to look and imagine themselves exploring the giant model houses. The unique structures and gardens are beautiful to walk around.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Headley-Whitney is truly unique little museum. It has gorgeous jewels and bejeweled little sculptures called bibelots. The details in the Whitney doll houses blew me away and delighted my daughter. The minerals that Headley collected kept my son interested. When you add in the shell grotto and all of the things George collected in the library this little place... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My family and I visited the Headley Whitney. What a wonderful experience! My kids even loved it. I spoke to Lauren Hunter-Smith prior to my visit. Lovely girl with wonderful ideas about our visit.

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