We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great snap shot of Kentucky History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
502-564-1792
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Frankfort
Attraction details
Georgetown, Kentucky
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Great snap shot of Kentucky History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

First, as one reviewer put it, call ahead---- especially during the winter months when it may have limited hours or closed all together.

The walk through displays are very interesting and have some interactive exhibits and animatronics in most. The displays don't too badly gloss over the darker times in Kentucky history such as slavery and the civil war. There is a small cost for the walk-through which also covers admission to the Kentucky Military Museum and the Old State Capital (check on hours for them as well). During the spring, expect to see throngs of school children during the week.

Besides the walk through exhibits, there is also a changing exhibit area which was empty when we visited. The Thomas D. Clark library is upstairs where you can find a repository of extremely valuable Kentucky History. Security here is very high. The Hall of Governors features the portraits of all the past governors plus some artifacts and highlights of each administration.

there is also a small garden behind the center with native plants and trees which is a nice get away and place for a sack lunch if it's open.

All in all, this kept a 16 year old intersted for a couple of hours; and this one has the attention span of a gnat! :)

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

37 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    27
    6
    1
    1
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Your journey through time....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

You start with a prehistoric ancestor's hut and go through time with some animation. You an even hear and see President Abraham Lincoln's watch he was wearing the night he was shot. This watch was wound (with fear it would not work or break it), and the sound of its ticking was used in Stephen Speilberg's Lincoln movie out this past spring.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good intro to Kentucky history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Very reasonably priced while providing a good outline of Kentucky's history from Native Americans, frontier days, slavery, war on to the present era. They were unafraid to discuss throny topics such as discrimination which I liked.

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Thomas Clark History Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The history center is an enjoyable and educational tour for the entire family. The permanent exhibit is interactive and accessible to children of all ages and interesting for adults as well. There is also a changing exhibit. The Old Capitol and Arsenal are part of this tour also and not to be missed, especially the Old Capitol.

While on Broadway, also visit Broadway Clay, Capital Cellars for refreshment with a wide selection of wines and excellent soups and sandwiches, the Coffee Tree Cafe has the best coffee and smoothies in town, Completely Kentucky is a museum of art, and on up the street is the Irish Sea selling Celtic jewelry, music, clothing, and an amazing variety of hand blended teas.
A few blocks away are the Orlando Brown house and Liberty Hall.
Top off the day with a yummy cupcake from the shop across the street from the museum, and you will have enjoyed a delightful day in downtown Frankfort

Visited August 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Alabama
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
56 attraction reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Superb museum in a beautiful town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is one of the largest, and best museums in the region. Well-done displays that interpret all eras of Kentucky's rich heritage. One of the most attractive things about it is its easy to get to location in the downtown of Frankfurt, a surprisingly beautiful little town in the hills overlooking the Kentucky River. This isn't just a stop; it's a destination. Nearby are several other attractions, such as Daniel Boone's grave, the Military museum, and the Old State Capitol.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History also viewed

 

Been to Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.