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Headley-Whitney Museum

4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
+1 859-255-6653
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Truly a Gem of the Bluegrass

I've driven by the museum for years (often on a Monday or Tuesday, when they're not open), and... read more

Reviewed January 24, 2018
alisha3962018
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Frankfort, Kentucky
Something for Everyone!

I am a fan of small quirky museums--the Fan Museum in Greenwich, the Door Museum in Pezenas... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2017
Karen K
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Lexington, Kentucky
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
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4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

I've driven by the museum for years (often on a Monday or Tuesday, when they're not open), and always wanted to see what was inside. Last year I took my first visit out, and was amazed at what Lexington has to offer. I had no...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2017

I am a fan of small quirky museums--the Fan Museum in Greenwich, the Door Museum in Pezenas, France, the Cats Museum in Kotor--and this little one has something to appeal to everyone. First, the drive to reach it is along one of the designated scenic...More

1  Thank Karen K
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

It's a bit of a drive from downtown Lexington but the charming rolling hills, picket fences and horse farms along the way add to the charm. The museum itself isn't huge but interesting and unique. The seashell grotto is a hoot-in a good way. George...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

A bit off the beaten path, the drive out to this museum is lovely. The museum itself has only one small room of Headley jewels and bibelots, but those on display are fabulous! The current historical Photographic exhibit in a much larger space was also...More

Thank Kathryn L
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

A small museum with amazing objects that you won't see anywhere else. Not your typical art museum but wonderful fascinating collections. A little out of the way but definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed May 17, 2017

This is a small out of the way museum that we appreciated very much. Going to the museum from downtown Lexington provided views of many scenic horse farms. Collection includes jewelry, designs, and art of George W Headley, including small ornate jewelry pieces and bibelots....More

1  Thank owowoo
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Reviewed May 16, 2017

The Headley Whitney Museum is a lovely small museum like no other. It is a must-see in Lexington. Great exhibits and events!

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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.

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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.

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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.

1  Thank Leelex
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The Shell Grotto is currently closed for restoration but is highly visible through the large windows. We are currently working on the restoration process. Senior admission is $8 and includes museum, shell grotto, and library... More
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