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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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Activities: Leisure education
Description: This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating...
This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating from pre-Colonial days through the 1960s.
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Charming & historical

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Cincinnati
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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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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Houston, Texas
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If one is doing the Bourbon Trail, this museum is a must-see. Lots of information about the history of whiskey making, displays showing the process and a great collection of ads, bottles and stories behind the history. Take your time – there is a lot to see.

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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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Oldsmar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum is a delightful and amazing collection of the history of whiskey making. Just strolling through each room with the wealth of memorabilia brings one closer to understanding the distillery process, the fascination with making bourbon and all the history associated with it. While it started from a large collection of Oscar Getz, it continues to grow with new... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited the museum during the kickoff of the Bourbon Festival. It is jam-packed with whisky history - pictures, bottles, and artifacts of all kinds. They didn't offer a guided tour (not sure if they have any), but we preferred going at our own pace anyway. It's a hidden treasure in the heart of Bardstown.

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Suncoast Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have been through the Getz museum several times and will enjoy going through it again. Lots of rooms with interesting history and artifacts. Admission is free.

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Mt. Juliet, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill is worth a visit, but this little museum houses a collection that they must envy. One wing includes priceless artifacts from the early days of whiskey distilling in Kentucky, while the other consists of rooms filled with memorabilia from each of the major distilleries. Even a devoted teetotaler would probably be fascinated by... More 

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