The Kentucky Museum

The Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green: Hours, Address, The Kentucky Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Kentucky Museum
4.5
Libraries • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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AymanPhD
United States1,191 contributions
So cool
Oct 2021 • Couples
Such a cool spot in western Kentucky. I love it and it has lots to offer in terms of information about my beloved state. Located in a beautiful area. If you’re around make sure to visit here. Bonus: free admission
Written October 30, 2021
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Rhonda S
Colfax, IN33 contributions
Enjoyed the Duncan Hines exhibit
Oct 2021
We really enjoyed the Duncan Hines exhibit as well as the beautiful building! There are amazing views of the campus right up the hill. It was a great place to spend a few hours, especially with free admission!
Written October 14, 2021
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VisitBowlingGreenKY
Bowling Green, KY44 contributions
Temporarily closed for public tours
Mar 2020
As of August 2020, the Kentucky Museum is open only to the Western KY University community due to Covid-19 and will not offer public tours through at least December. But we highly recommend a future visit when the time is right and public tours resume.
Written August 28, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC554 contributions
Well done, relatively compact, full of varied information
Mar 2020
This is a great introduction or refresher for Kentucky history, especially in the Western area. The various areas such as the textile area, Duncan Hines area, and Civil War arms areas are very interesting but very digestible. Those combined with the contemporary university art and other exhibits makes for a nice museum. The size is very manageable and it has plenty of information but isn't overwhelming. Doable in 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Written March 5, 2020
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TramsAndTrains
Canberra49 contributions
Well worth a visit, especially if you have family connections to the area.
Oct 2019
Very good exhibitions on local history, the story of Duncan Hines, the Civil War in Kentucky.

Also contains a very good Special Collections area for those searching for genealogical leads and added information if your family has roots in the Warren, Edmondson, Simpson, Barren County areas.
Written November 4, 2019
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Mark R
Wisconsin2,552 contributions
Duncan Hines - Quilts - Civil War Wxhibits
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a well maintained and presented free museum on the campus of WKU. Of course you’ll learn a lot about Kentucky life here.

Inside there are modern art, baskets, quilts, Civil War, and Duncan Hines exhibits. Be sure to take a peek outside at the Felts Log House and the Stickwork Project.

We took our time and thoroughly enjoy the 2 hours we spent taking it all in the staff (WKU students) were friendly and knowledgeable about the exhibits.

Definitely worth the stop and be sure to check into a trip on the Kentucky Scenic Byway.
Written August 30, 2019
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kentucky101
Henderson, KY220 contributions
A REALLY GREAT MUSEUM ON KENTUCKY HISTORY
Jul 2019 • Couples
During our trip to Bowling Green, we drove over to WKU campus to visit the museum. There is no admission fee, and we were surprised at how thorough all the exhibits were - such as the Civil War, Duncan Hines, numerous period furniture, quilts/rugs, a display of baskets, some so small you wonder how they were made!. To really understand and read everything, it will most likely take you at least one to two hours to go through. .Each exhibit was so detailed with lots of informative signage to explain everything. The museum changes some displays every so often. This is one of the best we have seen. So much history!
Written July 28, 2019
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kytraveler800
261 contributions
Great Basket Exhibit newly opened
Jul 2019 • Couples
We traveled to Bowling Green specifically to see the national basket exhibit that had just opened. It was a wonderful exhibit and was beautifully displayed. It was well worth the trip. We also enjoyed the Patrick Douherty stick sculpture just outside the museum. If you park in the Museum's lot, be sure to return to the street side of the building so you don't miss this. It is really quite wonderful--artists and community members assisted the artist with creating this in fall 2018. The museum also had a beautiful display of woven coverlets on the third floor as well as its more permanent installations of furniture from various periods and civil war history. This museum is well worth a visit. If the weather is good and you are able to walk multiple blocks, you can park in the arena area and walk to the museum. Because of a grant admission is free right now.
Written July 20, 2019
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annie02018
Lancaster, KY118 contributions
Free museum with interesting displays
Jul 2019 • Couples
This museum is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University. It contains several different displays such as baskets made by students, a civil war history which was my favorite part, woven coverlets and bedspreads, furniture and others. I absolutely fell in love with a ruby red and clear cut-glass vase from the Victorian period. My husband and I were the only visitors at the museum the entire time we were there, which was about 2 1/2 hours. I recommend a visit to this museum especially for the civil war history and the furnishings on the 3rd floor. Some of the other displays are changed periodically so I would imagine that a repeat visit would be worthwhile.
Written July 16, 2019
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Amber E
Murray, KY35 contributions
Great history stop
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped in with our two children. This place was full of information about the Civil War. There were tons of things to see-bigger than expected. The changing exhibit was being changed while we were there, so next time we’re in town, we’ll stop by to see what is new.
Written June 15, 2019
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