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Address: 114 North Fifth Street, Bardstown, KY
Phone Number: 1.800.638.4877 t
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Free museum, with two floors of Bardstown history

This building is behind the Cathedral, and there is free parking in the Cathedral parking lot. We only spent an hour here, because 70% of the museum seemed to be about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2016
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Cape Girardeau, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This building is behind the Cathedral, and there is free parking in the Cathedral parking lot. We only spent an hour here, because 70% of the museum seemed to be about the history of bourbon and the distilling industry locally. But the other 30% was quite informative about life for the early settlers in the area, their trades, their homes,... More 

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Birch Run, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This trip, we just went through the Oscar Goetz bourbon museum. This has been enlarged since the last time I visited. Great displays of the various distilleries that once dotted the Kentucky landscape. Lots of old bottles, equipment and I enjoyed the old rare advertising. It takes about an hour or so to go thru but is worth it if... More 

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montgomery alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Attended the bourbon festival in September. The hall is historic, and has that old building smell. Attended the whisky museum, which has some interesting artifacts. The staff was pleasant, and although busy with preparation for the festival, did allows us to take our time in the museum. There was a collection of old whisky bottles and decanters for sale, cheap,... More 

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Russell Springs, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

It has a lot of history in it about Bardstown. Good thing is it is free to visit. There is a very nice lady over it that will tell you about things if you have any questions. She talked with my husband about some of the bottles and things. I am not into history as much as he is, if... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Housed inside a gorgeous federal-style home built in 1819 is the Spalding Hall Historical Museum and the Oscar Getz Museum under one roof. As you wonder through this gorgeous home you will discover that both museums are interconnected in an easy flowing manner. Oscar Getz was a liquor salesman and amassed a huge collection of rare Whiskey artifacts. There is... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

They have an excellent bourbon history museum. Loaded with exhibits and interesting items related to bourbon. All distilleries were represented. Good exhibits on the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My wife and I were in Bardstown in July,and decided to take in a few of the local sights that we missed in October,2012. The Oscar Getz Whiskey museum was a sweet find that we had previously missed out on.Just about anything whiskey related that you can imagine is in there. We had a really good time. Admission is free,however... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Good for those of us who remember St. Joe Prep School before it closed. There is lots of interesting local history including year b ooks from the school . The Wiskey History is most interesting as well. This building ,constructed around 1820,was used during the Civil War as a hospital. Make this a stop if you are in the Bardstown... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Spalding Hall 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 Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum are located within Spalding Hall. A restaurant and St. Catherine College Center are also located in... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

If you stay in Bardstown and have time to spare, I highly recommend visiting the Goetz Museum located in Spalding Hall. The Museum is a history of bourbon and prohibition in this country and has very interesting facts. The Museum is small, probably 1 hour is all that's needed. It's walking distance from the center of town.

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