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“Needs more signage explaining the artifacts”

Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Bardstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I wholeheartedly agree with Heather B’s assessment “Has so much potential not being realized”. My wife and I thought it wasn’t currently worth the money ($6) but it COULD be a fantastic museum with a little more work. The museum is a lot larger than it looks outside and has TONS of great relics and era pieces but there needs to be more signage. There are plenty of signs telling the Civil War history (Generals, battles, troop movement, etc) but they rarely explain what is being displayed in each display cabinet. Many of the displays are stuffed full of uniforms, handcuffs, pipes, knifes, guns, and other miscellaneous trinkets that are never explained. What is that trinket and was it found on a battlefield? Where? What type of soldier wore a particular uniform and why? Is it a reproduction or a real uniform? Did someone important wear it? What’s the deal with the full taxidermy horse? There is one cabinet with a colorful uniform/vest with a Shriner-looking hat and NO explanation. WTH?

I was surprised by the amount of artifacts. All of the cabinets are professionally laid out but are useless without explanations.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

A very well put together museum of artifacts. The tour is about two hours, well worth the time.

Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Definitely worth going. Reminds you of history lessons you probably forgot. Focuses on western battles but also sets the stage of the war's beginning. I thought as a woman not into battles I would be bored but I wasn't.

Thank NewYorkNYTraveler
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

First of all, they have a TON of items. One of the best collection of civil war items I have seen outside of the larger battlefield museums. HOWEVER, if there is a sign explaining what this item is, or it's relevance, it looks like it was part of an Eagle Scout project and not made by any true historian. Typos abound, and obvious corrections to some facts have been made in the signage. Most items though, unfortunately, do not have any kind of information attached. This museum could be so much more than it currently it. It was still fun for someone with knowledge of Civil War history, and is still worth a look. Maybe all they need is more influx of attendees to get some more money for exhibits?

Thank Heather B
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Good museum focused toward the western theater of the Civil War. Many people don't realize that there was fighting west of the Ohio river and this museum does a good job of covering that part of the war. May be a little boring for a non Civil War buff, but very interesting for those who are.

Thank Zukiguy
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