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Headley-Whitney Museum

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Address: 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
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+1 859-255-6653
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Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass...

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a noted jewelry designer from the twentieth century, the Museum houses pieces from Headley's impressive collection of jewelry and bibelots (small, decorative objects of beauty) in addition to an array of rotating exhibits and workshops. The property is also used for special events with many acres of unique and beautiful grounds to enjoy. Visit the Headley-Whitney Museum on your next trip to Kentucky and see why were are truly the Gem of the Bluegrass!

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Truly a gem of a place!

The Headley-Whitney Museum is one that many locals haven't even visited. It is a bit of a drive out Old Frankfort Pike, which is a treat with horse farms and landscapes to keep... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 13, 2016
Tracy M
Lexington, Kentucky
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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I had never been to this museum. They have a halloween egg hunt (yes halloween egg hunt :-). The grounds and museum were very nice.

Thank Wayne B
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

You have to see it to believe. Exhibits change periodically but the Shell House stays the same and is most unique experience.

Thank Irene P
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This small but wonderful museum is one of a kind. It has collections of Mr. Headly's jewels, Mary Lou Whitney's fabulous doll house, featured art exhibits, a nice gift shop and classes for children.

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Morgantown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I thought I'd seen everything the town has to offer as I searched online for attractions in Lexington ( as I do whenever I accompany my husband on his business trips), but to my delight, three sites I hadn't noticed before came up: Boone Station, The Loudon House, and Headly-Whitney Museum. Enjoying the drive out Old Frankfort Pike and the... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

Whether you are a Thoroughbred racing insider or just a casual fan, the special exhibit (through June 19) of 50 years of renowned photographer Tony Leonard is a must-see. In addition to unique pictures of famous horses like Secretariat, the collection is filled with photos of celebrities and racing insiders. Even those uninterested in horses or racing will be fascinated... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

This small museum houses an eclectic collection of jewelry, designs using gemstones and found objects, a crackerjack collection of primarily equine photography and found astonishing doll houses, all in a lovely park-like setting. Calm, quiet and intriguing, the museum is an exciting location for exploration and relaxation. The grounds are spectacular and visitors are invited to walk, savor and enjoy.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

I was fortunate to be the lunch guest of Mr. Headley; not because of who I am, but because of my travel companion. Lunch served by a butler in a tuxedo (very awkward for me-as I'm a simple guy). Anyway, the museum is in a beautiful country setting, a lovely short drive from downtown Lexington. Unfortunately, a number of years... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

As a small child I was privileged to visit the Headley-Whitney Museum long before they experienced that unfortunate theft 1994. I have been back countless times over the decades. That first visit was life changing for me. I was enthralled with what I saw. My love for art and jewelry was directly inspired by this place. That first exposure guided... More 

Thank Thomas R
Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016

The Headley-Whitney Museum is one that many locals haven't even visited. It is a bit of a drive out Old Frankfort Pike, which is a treat with horse farms and landscapes to keep your eyes wide with wonder. The Museum, which is filled with George Headley's collections, is fascinating and beautiful. He was a strange bird, but designed bibelots and... More 

1 Thank Tracy M
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2015

Really cool hidden gem in Central Kentucky. Always seem to have different interesting exhibits, a lot of them showcasing local art and artists. The bucolic drive to the museum is gorgeous and worth the visit, in and of itself.

Thank Ashley P

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