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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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museum in horse country

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
RhondaSamplesBelcher
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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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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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The museum is a must stop in the Bluegrass The drive out is beautiful as are the grounds. The quantity of items may not be there but the quality of them matches any exhibit I've ever seen, anywhere.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My wife spent about an hour touring the small museum while I drove elsewhere to take some photos of the beautiful surrounding area; she was the lone visitor. She found the collection interesting but quite limited. Unfortunately neither the tours of the Library or the Grounds were being offered.

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a very small museum. Headley was a jewelry designer, and this museum is dedicated to those designs. There is a room with his designs, a room with sketches of his designs and a special exhibit of Kentucky antiques collected and donated by many locals. There are also a few doll houses that are extremely detailed and interesting to... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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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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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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