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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

114 N Fifth St, in Bardstown Kentucky, not, Loretto, KY 40004
502-348-2999
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Loretto
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating from pre-Colonial days through the 1960s.
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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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Fairfield, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

The artifacts in this museum were really interesting. One section of the museum showed different things related to making bourbon; distilling, making the barrels, bottling and selling. The other section had space for the many different distilleries in Kentucky. Amazing history of a big part of Kentucky culture.

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Pewaukee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Nice historical perspective on how Bourbon came to be ......what it takes to make bourbon, why bourbon is unique as a whisky vs a whiskey

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The museum is free, first of all, so why not stop in? Tons of history, whether bourbon is your thing or not. Glass cases and shelves full of old bottles, tools, labels, and facts about whiskey and bourbon throughout the small museum. 45 minutes will get you through the entire hall. A special focus on prohibition and repeal in one... More

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Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Stroll around Bardstown and venture over for a piece of whiskey history.

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Wilmore, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Great museum on the lovely campus of the former St. Joseph College and Seminary. The grounds are lovely and the museum has some great displays and is full of information about bourbon. If you are on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail this is a must see to get a little history about Bourbon in Kentucky. There is also a small section... More

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