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William Clark Market House Museum

121 South Second Street, Market House Square, Paducah, KY 42001
270-443-7759
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Paducah
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: This wonderful Museum, Paducah's oldest and ONLY general history Museum, is housed in the block long 1905 Market House in the center of Paducah's... more » Owner description: This wonderful Museum, Paducah's oldest and ONLY general history Museum, is housed in the block long 1905 Market House in the center of Paducah's historic downtown area. The Museum houses some of the finest and most unusual artifacts in the area, which illustrate Paducah's rich cultural and historic heritage. Explore a time line beginning with Native American residents, through Paducah's founding by famous explorer William Clark in 1827, and view the original hand drawn town maps and land grants signed by Clark. Also experience the magnificence of the complete DuBois Robertson Drug store woodwork interior... a hand carved masterpiece from 1877...and gaze through the colorful panes of the original stained glass windows. On permanent display is the town's first motorized fire truck (a 1913 LaFrance), an extensive civil war display including furniture used by the Lincoln's, Generals US Grant and Lew Wallace (of Ben Hur fame.) A very special quilt made by Mrs Robert E Lee is also on display. « less
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Paducah, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I'm originally from Paducah and am visiting my daughter here. She suggested that we go to the Market House Museum. Ahhhh, the memories. Not just memories of Paducah, but of a different time and place. Thanks so much Paducah for making this wonderful collection available to me.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Well worth the $4.00 admission. A self guided tour of Paducah history. Includes local notable people. I personally enjoyed the fire department history.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A nice short stop and full of historical details, especially Civil War. Not expensive and nicely air- conditioned

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

this was by far our most interesting stop in Paducah. It was amazing to see how well preserved such an assortment of items from the past have been preserved. The antique drug store with it's assortment of various remedies was particularity interesting. This was a fun and informative stop that was totally unexpected.

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Lexington, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This museum is on a small brick covered tree lined street. Makes you feel like you are going back in time. The staff was friendly. The exhibits we good. Great for history buffs.

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Paducah, Kentucky
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This museum has so many wonderful historical topics to explore, all dealing with people or events connected to Paducah, that you could stay for three hours and maybe not see it all. They have yellow storyboards at each case that will allow you to learn as much or as little as you might like. The staff are on hand to... More

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North Alabama
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17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

There is a lot of stuff packed into a small museum about the history of residents fo Paducah. There are a few really historical items from famous people but mostly items from Paducahans you have never heard of. It doesn't cost much and is not a bad way to spend an hour or so.

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Mayfield, Kentucky
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Truly awesome museum with beautiful woodwork! I am a nurse and found it extremely interesting to see the antique medicines and medical instruments that date back 150 years!!! I have visited on different occasions and every time I have learned something new. I have always been greeted by friendly staff that seem to truly love their job! Penny is full... More

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Mayfield, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you enjoy history then this is the place for you. The Civil War exibit from Camp Beauregard is one to go see. This is the only exibit in america that has actual pices from the camp. The Lincoln furniture is also a good exibit show furniture from the lincoln white house. If you are in Paducah and love history... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Visit to Paducah was the quilt museum but the Market House Museum was excellent. Exhibits are well organized and accompanied by detailed history. Penny and Maddie are very friendly and informative. Would visit again.

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