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“One of the lost & dying artful walks”

Headley-Whitney Museum
Ranked #43 of 122 things to do in Lexington
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Owner description: 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!
Lexington
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“One of the lost & dying artful walks”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

This museum has such a traditional feel of old Lexington is has many high dollar displays

Visited August 2011
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Lexington, Kentucky
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22 reviews
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“Amazing Rehearsal Dinner”
Reviewed November 24, 2011

We had our rehearsal dinner at the museum and it was an amazing location, great service, and perfect grounds

Visited May 2011
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Radford, Virginia
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“Lovely gem on the Old Frankfort Pike”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Have visited several times and love the going back in time feeling. I know you will enjoy it!

Visited September 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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111 reviews
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“Very Unique Attraction”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

The Headley Whitney Museum is a hidden treasure in Lexington. The collections at the museum were very unique and worth the trip. The jewelry collection was extremely intricate and beautiful. The library had many interesting collectables. The shell grotto was closed for renovation, but we were able to see inside through the window. That was truly unique and fascinating. It was amazing what can be turned into art. Definitely worth the time to visit.

Visited July 2011
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Lexington, Kentucky
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21 reviews
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“A gem of a museum in beautiful Kentucky horse county”
Reviewed June 18, 2011

The Headley Whitney museum is a small museum featuring the work of designer George Headley and his collections of jewels and bibelots. The museum is located six miles from downtown Lexington on Old Frankfort Pike. Old Frankfort Pike is one of the most beautiful drives in Central Kentucky. You will see lush rolling hills and many of the thoroughbred horse farms Kentucky is famous for. The museum has a unique collection of jewels and bibelots you are not likely to see anywhere else and a shell grotto - a room entirely covered with shells and stones. When I visited they also had an exhibit of paintings by Sybil - the woman who had multiple personalities. She lived in Lexington and taught art classes. It was striking to see the different styles of paintings she produced under the influence of the various personalities. The museum also had a wonderful exhibit of the Granger silver collection including items fabricated by Paul Revere. These works were simply stunning, the intricate patterns and sculpture were crafted by true artisans. There is also a wonderful doll house exhibit of Mary Lou Whitney's childhood toys. She is a famous Kentucky socialite and philantropist. Do stop by the museum on your next visit to Lexington, it is a small museum but truly unique and wonderful. Continue your drive out Old Frankfort Pike, enjoy the beautiful scenery and stop at Wallace Station restaurant for a hearty lunch or dinner with Kentucky flavors.

Visited June 2011
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