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“An outstanding experience”

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Maysville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Kentucky Gateway Museum Center: Three Historic Collections in One Dynamic Place!Explorers. Movie Stars. Artists. Pioneers. Slaves. Everyone who ever passed through this part of Kentucky or called it home left a story behind. Some are stories of courage and great achievement, others of love and everyday survival. The more we explore those struggles and dreams, the more we understand our own. Now, by showcasing three dynamic collections in one place, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center brings all the stories of the region into fascinating focus: Our Genealogical and Historical Research Library, sheds light on the people and events of a seven-county area through an extensive collection of books, manuscripts and documents from colonial times. Our Regional History Museum illuminates the past through award-winning dioramas, more than 4,000 regional artifacts and a gallery of fine art related to the area. Our KSB Miniatures Collection looks at the world from a new perspective through mesmerizing, 1/12-scale reproductions of homes, furnishings, clothing, artwork and people. And our Changing Exhibits Gallery that has been host to award-winning traveling exhibits such as the "The World We Create", "Children Just Like Me", "The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre", "Brain Teasers", "Everybody Eats", "Herblock" and many others. Step outside the Center, and you'll discover that Maysville's stately architecture has more than a few great tales to tell, as does the pioneer graveyard located behind the Center. Before tomorrow becomes yesterday, we invite you to get the whole story at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center!
Fairborn, Ohio
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“An outstanding experience”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Visiting the miniature exhibit was the primary purpose of our visit to Maysville. It is outstanding. My wife is a dollhouse enthusiast and found the exhibit to be the most impressive display of miniatures that she has ever seen. Mrs. Browning happened to be at the exhibit on the day we visited, and she spent a good deal of time with us explaining the background of several of the exhibits. The local history section was also very interesting. We will definitely return!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Cliff D
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Memphis, Tennessee
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211 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A Must See for Maysville Visitors and Residents”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum is fascinating. I grew up in Maysville, but hadn't toured there since the new edition was created. I was very impressed with the quality of the miniatures collection, especially the home of Princess Diana, the Russell Theater, and the Kilgus Drug Store. The museum reserves a room for traveling exhibits. The latest exhibit "Hats" featured a variety of hats from the past to browse along with an informative video.

I enjoyed revisiting the original museum. A visitor can spend hours browsing all of the wonderful displays and facts presented about the prehistoric peoples,pioneers, and settlers who inhabited Kentucky. There are older maps and portraits in the genealogy library upstairs that are not to be missed. If you are interested in researching your family tree this is the place for it.

A note- no photography is permitted inside the building. Students only have pay a $2.00 admission fee. Seniors get a $2 discounted admission.

All in all, this is a must see for Maysville visitors and residents!!!! Bravo!!!

Visited June 2014
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Auburndale, Florida
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60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Awesome exhibit”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

A trip to the KSB miniature exhibit is worth time and travel from anywhere in the world! This is the most awesome display of miniatures ANYWHERE! I have been many times and still I see something different with each visit. I highly recommend a visit here.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Barbara B
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“I'd Consider the Membership Option”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

If we lived closer, I'd get a membership. One visit for $10 seemed a little steep at first, but the side room of miniatures made it worth the price. The original building was a library and it kept the authentic feel with some very interesting artifacts. Another room in the addition was for changing exhibits. We were there on a Saturday and the man who owned the collection was there to tell us all about it. He was a wealth of information. The lady at the desk was also very interesting. It was obvious that she loved sharing stories and her knowledge of the place.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Bonnie P
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Dover, KY
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Museum fun”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

lots of information on the local area, historic & new.
Access to Ancestry.com
numerous documents
Miniature display
gift shop
pioneer cemetery
Oktoberfest fundraiser
seminars & classes for school field trips

Visited August 2013
1 Thank snorklefiend
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