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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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Annapolis, MD
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114 reviews 114 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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158 reviews 158 reviews
60 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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99 reviews 99 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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