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Headley-Whitney Museum

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If the Drive Out Isn't Beautiful Enough for You, the Museum Certainly Will Be!

The Headley-Whitney Museum is a treasure tucked away in Lexington's countryside. I visited on a... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Britt W
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
Frankfort, 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...more
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4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
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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.

Thank Sally S
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

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

3  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

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

Thank jgbtravels
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
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.

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

1  Thank owowoo
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!

Thank IvanaHumphrey
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
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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