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Headley-Whitney Museum

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Delightful visit

Had an afternoon free and decided to do a tour/visit. The location is surrounded by horse farms... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2018
Omaha, Nebraska
What Does A Wealthy, Successful, Bon Vivant Who Left Bel-Air With His Talented Dachshunds Do For Fun In Lexington?

Spend time with his aging parents on their Horse Farm. But George and Barbara soon decided they... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
Dallas, Texas
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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...more
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4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Had an afternoon free and decided to do a tour/visit. The location is surrounded by horse farms. The tour was very well done. The guide was very knowledgeable. George Headley’s drawings are beautiful as is the jewel art. The miniatures created for Mary Lou Whitney’s...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank kellyk411
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Spend time with his aging parents on their Horse Farm. But George and Barbara soon decided they needed a Museum devoted to his jewelry and bibelot creations for which he was world-famous. He turned the Garage into a "Party Cave" which he dubbed the Shell...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank travelbobk
Reviewed August 7, 2018

I'm not a huge art aficionado, but this was still an interesting place to stop. The shell grotto is unique, and there were some pretty cool miniature houses on display. We enjoyed an early dinner at Wallace Station after we finished our tour.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a treasure tucked away in Lexington's countryside. I visited on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and was extremely impressed by the collection and variety of exhibits for such a small museum. The estate itself is gorgeous, but I would highly recommend reading...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Britt W
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

Date of experience: March 2017
4  Thank alisha3962018
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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Karen K
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Kathryn L
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.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank lisafromny243
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

Date of experience: May 2017
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Betty W
July 3, 2016|
Response from Headley-Whitney M | Property representative |
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