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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest quilting and fiber art in the world.... more » Owner description: The National Quilt Museum is a nationally recognized art museum that exhibits the finest quilting and fiber art in the world. In an average year we are visited by quilters and art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. We are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kentucky. Our exhibits and programs have been recognized in dozens of national publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, and many more. The St. Louis Post Dispatch said the following about our museum, "It's not that different than going to the art museum in Chicago...It's all so unexpected. « less
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of portraits from Paducah's past depicting Paducah's rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by... more »

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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; 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... 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. A superb, colorful Old Paris wedding vase, given as a wedding present to Clark by the Marquis deLafayette, is also on display. Also experience the magnificence of the complete DuBois Robertson Drug Store golden oak 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!) Experience an extensive Civil War display including furniture used by the Lincoln's, as well as Generals US Grant and Lew Wallace while they were in Paducah (Wallace was of Ben Hur fame.) A very special quilt made by Mrs Robert E Lee is also on display. A Kentucky Orphan's reunion ribbon insignia display is always a favorite, as well as elaborate hoop skirt dresses, beautiful rosewood furniture and a stately antique lamp with pigeon's blood shade, once owned by Paducahan John T Scopes' grandmother (of the Scopes Monkey Trial fame.) A 'Kentucky Headline' exhibit depicts the sad plight of Floyd Collins, who was tragically trapped and died in a cave. The story caught the breathless attention of the nation in 1925. Our 'Hall of Heroes', designed in 2013, honors Paducah firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel. Newly opened in 2014 is the Alben W. Barkley Memorial Room, honoring the Paducah area native who was 35th Vice President under Harry S. Truman. The exhibit is in a separate room, and devoted entirely to personal artifacts and belongings of Barkley, including his 1898 'surrey with the fringe on top', his inaugural tophat, as well as lovely, century old furniture from the home in Paducah, called 'ANGLES'. The first ever Vice Presidential flag and items from his Paducah law office and Washington political career are also on display. The Museum prides itself on now being Paducah's Barkley destination! A small but tastefully stocked gift shop is on premises and carries items of educational content, books, puzzles, etc., as well as ephemera and souvenirs. PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is sometimes closed on major holiday Saturdays, so please call ahead for verification. The facility closes for the winter season Dec 15th and reopens the first Saturday in March. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, CST. « less
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The River Discovery Center's mission is to provide a fun, welcoming and educational environment in which visitors can learn... more » Owner description: The River Discovery Center's mission is to provide a fun, welcoming and educational environment in which visitors can learn about the importance of our rivers and the impact they have on our daily lives. Through interactive exhibits and guided tours, guests will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the our nation's rivers. « less
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Ranked #7 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: History Museums; Museums
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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Historic Sites; Other
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Ranked #11 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #12 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Children's Museums; Cultural
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #14 of 15 attractions in Paducah
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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