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Address: 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
Phone Number: 859-255-6653
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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 starsReviewed February 13, 2016
Tracy M
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars 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 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Vincennes, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This museum is located in a beautiful setting in the midst of horse farm country. It's an eclectic collection from a family who did paintings and designed jewelry and collected many different things. There is a 3 car garage which has been renovated by Mr. Headley into a room designed and featuring shells. You may also tour his library and... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Lovely eccentric little museum right in the horse country. Temporary exhibits and some permanent fixtures. Beautiful garden. It's $12 to get in which is rather steep but I'm sure it's expensive to maintain.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was actually a better museum than we anticipated but it's oddly curated. It seems to be a collection of stuff owned by an eccentric couple. There were some great things to look at but not much in the way of signage or interpretation. There are some cool doll houses, a lot of horse memorabilia, some very cool jewelry (designed... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

They have a great standing collection and an ever-changing visiting exhibits. I recently saw Japanese carvings that were amazing. Make sure to take extra time to stroll around the grounds. The landscape and architecture are noteworthy.

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