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Address: 1444 Kentucky St, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3479
Phone Number: 270-745-2592

Located on the grounds of Western Kentucky University, the museum features...

Located on the grounds of Western Kentucky University, the museum features rich collections of decorative arts,artifacts focusing on Duncan Hines, the Civil War, Quilts, the Snell collection of European art and iconic items from America’s leaders in various fields, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmy Carter, Sandra Day O’Conner, Ken Burns, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charlie Daniels, Liza Minnelli and many, many more.

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Free Every Wednesday in July

Need something to do with the kids? This attraction is free on Wednesdays in July. They have also added docents to answer your questions throughout your visit. They were never... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Prestonsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Kentucky Museum is located on WKU's campus. It has several great exhibits and takes less than a 1/2 day.

Thank Bethany T
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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228 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Need something to do with the kids? This attraction is free on Wednesdays in July. They have also added docents to answer your questions throughout your visit. They were never intrusive, but not always well informed. Answers like "I don't know-they didn't tell us that" we're not appreciated.

Thank Fadipadi
Minford, Ohio, United States
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was a highlight of me and my husbands vacation. I couldn't say what my favorite part was. We had a girl follow us around in case we had any questions but she wasn't pushy and just let us browse at our own pace. Very highly recommend!

Thank 06Katie_Stewart26
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The various displays include evidence of the earliest human habitation by native Americans, although more could be said about local domestication of foodstuffs (Woodland culture), and more thorough coverage is calle for. In particular, a major focus on the Civil War period, and mid-20th century. You won't want to miss the special quilt exhibit. This is also a great venue... More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This place is amazing. There is a civil war exhibit (which always makes me sad, but still a must see). Then, you hit the Duncan Hines exhibit - off the hook fun. I had no idea how fascinating it was to read about all the interesting travels, and products that he was involved in. He was virtually the "trip adviser... More 

Thank NanaFradette
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

This museum is just marvelous and they have some many wonderful exhibits. If you like history, especially Kentucky history, you'll love this museum. There is a wealth of information about Duncan Hines and what he contributed. They have many artifacts to view when you visit. If you visit Bowling Green this is a must see.

Thank Richard F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Kentucky has it's share of incredible museums. The Kentucky Museum holds it's own as having one of the most expansive, well displayed collections of historical artifacts, archives, art works, and hands on educational facilities in our state. Are you doing research for your family tree? You are able to search through the countless cataloged newspapers and other periodicals through the... More 

1 Thank Paulita H
New Orleans
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The Kentucky Museum has many fine exhibits. There are exhibits for history buffs, children, and anyone just wanting some information about the state of Kentucky and also WKU. a Hidden gem is that the Kentucky Library (Special Collection) is also housed in the same building. Rare books and materials on numerous topics including the Civil War and also unpublished journals... More 

2 Thank Barry K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This Museum has so much to see in the history of Kentucky and those who have lived here some of the famous people very interesting

Thank pbskateso
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177 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

We arrived at 2:30 & the museum closes at 4. Two of the three exhibits on the 3rd floor were closed including the one prominently displayed over the entrance. Odd. The first exhibit is graveyard art. Again odd but it turned out to be interesting. Then came the civil war area which presented such informative displays on the internal North/South... More 

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