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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

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Address: 114 N Fifth St, in Bardstown Kentucky, not, Loretto, KY 40004
Phone Number: 502-348-2999
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This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating from...

This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating from pre-Colonial days through the 1960s.

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Teaching us the Rest of the Story

This was a short divert before my scheduled tour at a local distillery. I was so happy I came. Not only did I gain a wealth of knowledge about whisky overall, I got to talk with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This was a short divert before my scheduled tour at a local distillery. I was so happy I came. Not only did I gain a wealth of knowledge about whisky overall, I got to talk with the curator who is an absolute gem. It was also interesting that a true hero, LTG Hal Moore attended school in the same building... More 

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Thank gillettejw
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

If you are into Bourbon and its history, you must visit this place. Several rooms with an amazing variety of memorabilia from the history of bourbon.

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Thank mgmarks
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

It's really a collection of memorabilia collected by Oscar Getz and a few other people. And there are some historical artifacts and some curation. Look for the funny whisky names. Also there's one unintentionally funny temperance poster that seems to say that without alcohol life is dreary, but with alcohol, life is happy. If in Bardstown, it's worth a half-hour... More 

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Thank Steve B
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This museum is a great little place to visit, whether you have a real interest in drinking whiskey or not. Firstly it is FREE, although donations are welcomed, but absolutely no pressure is put on you to donate. Parking is easy around the side of the building. There are about six rooms filled with information and memorabilia of whiskey/bourbon, and... More 

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Buckley, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. It is not real big but is packed full of old time antiques and memorabilia. Had a great time exploring the halls. There is an elevator for the physically challenged.

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Thank Nancy S
Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Housed inside a gorgeous federal-style home built in 1819 is the Oscar Getz Museum AND the Spalding Hall Historical Museum. Oscar Getz was a liquor salesman and amassed a huge collection of rare Whiskey artifacts. As you wonder through this gorgeous home you will discover that both museums are interconnected in an easy flowing manner. There is no admission charge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a tiny, local museum packed with information on whiskey and its history. It's very nicely laid out and a nice way to spend an hour in between bourbon tastings.

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Whiskey Museum is an eclectic collection of whiskey-related memorabilia (posters, bottles, shot glasses), and Bardstown Civil War era artifacts. You won't learn about whiskey making -- for this, visit a distillery -- but you will spend a worthwhile and enjoyable hour or two.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Oscar Getz Museum is located in Spalding Hall within walking distance from downtown Bardstown. Spalding Hall in itself is steeped in history having been constructed around 1819. It has served as a college, a seminary, a hospital during the Civil War, an orphanage, and a boys prep school. The Getz Museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts and documents... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

There is so much information about the history of bourbon here! It's free! Allow yourself sufficient time to learn about the history of Kentucky bourbon.

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