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Review of William Clark Market House Museum

William Clark Market House Museum
Ranked #12 of 34 things to do in Paducah
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Owner description: This wonderful Museum, Paducah's oldest and ONLY general history Museum, is housed in the block long 1905 Market House in the center of Paducah's historic downtown area. The Museum houses some of the finest and most unusual artifacts in the area, which illustrate Paducah's rich cultural and historic heritage. Explore a time line beginning with Native American residents, through Paducah's founding by famous explorer William Clark in 1827, and view the original hand drawn town maps and land grants signed by Clark. A superb, colorful Old Paris wedding vase, given as a wedding present to Clark by the Marquis deLafayette, is also on display. Also experience the magnificence of the complete DuBois Robertson Drug Store golden oak woodwork interior... a hand carved masterpiece from 1877...and gaze through the colorful panes of the original stained glass windows. On permanent display is the town's first motorized fire truck (a 1913 LaFrance!) Experience an extensive Civil War display including furniture used by the Lincoln's, as well as Generals US Grant and Lew Wallace while they were in Paducah (Wallace was of Ben Hur fame.) A very special quilt made by Mrs Robert E Lee is also on display. A Kentucky Orphan's reunion ribbon insignia display is always a favorite, as well as elaborate hoop skirt dresses, beautiful rosewood furniture and a stately antique lamp with pigeon's blood shade, once owned by Paducahan John T Scopes' grandmother (of the Scopes Monkey Trial fame.) A 'Kentucky Headline' exhibit depicts the sad plight of Floyd Collins, who was tragically trapped and died in a cave. The story caught the breathless attention of the nation in 1925. Our 'Hall of Heroes', designed in 2013, honors Paducah firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel. Newly opened in 2014 is the Alben W. Barkley Memorial Room, honoring the Paducah area native who was 35th Vice President under Harry S. Truman. The exhibit is in a separate room, and devoted entirely to personal artifacts and belongings of Barkley, including his 1898 'surrey with the fringe on top', his inaugural tophat, as well as lovely, century old furniture from the home in Paducah, called 'ANGLES'. The first ever Vice Presidential flag and items from his Paducah law office and Washington political career are also on display. The Museum prides itself on now being Paducah's Barkley destination! A small but tastefully stocked gift shop is on premises and carries items of educational content, books, puzzles, etc., as well as ephemera and souvenirs. PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is sometimes closed on major holiday Saturdays, so please call ahead for verification. The facility closes for the winter season Dec 15th and reopens the first Saturday in March. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, CST.
Lexington, Tennessee
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This museum is on a small brick covered tree lined street. Makes you feel like you are going back in time. The staff was friendly. The exhibits we good. Great for history buffs.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank CarolH175
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Paducah, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An exceptional, educational museum, but FUN!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This museum has so many wonderful historical topics to explore, all dealing with people or events connected to Paducah, that you could stay for three hours and maybe not see it all. They have yellow storyboards at each case that will allow you to learn as much or as little as you might like. The staff are on hand to assist if you have any questions, and strive to make everyone feel welcome. The museum conducts free tours for local schoolchildren during the morning hours by appointment, and have for 45 years! They have a small giftshop with reproduction antique items, history-inspired coloring books, paper dolls, etc for the grandkids and lots of games and puzzles, history books about paducah and the like. All the gift shop sales go to support the school tours. Very seldom does the staff of a museum seem to care as much as this one, whether you enjoyed your visit with them. The 1877 two story drugstore woodwork interior is a real treat to see and the stained glass beautiful. Would recommend this museum to anyone coming to Paducah....and encourage the local citizenry to come by and see the exhibits. They are open 12-4 Tuesday thru Saturday, and mornings for groups by appointment. You can go to their outstanding website for more information, if you are planning a visit. It was posted on the back of the info sheet they gave us, and was as much fun as the Museum was! They have newsletters and games about history on the website. www.markethousemuseum.com

Visited April 2013
3 Thank harpist490
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North Alabama
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice View of the History of Paducah”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

There is a lot of stuff packed into a small museum about the history of residents fo Paducah. There are a few really historical items from famous people but mostly items from Paducahans you have never heard of. It doesn't cost much and is not a bad way to spend an hour or so.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank RMH_9
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Mayfield, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Truly awesome museum with beautiful woodwork! I am a nurse and found it extremely interesting to see the antique medicines and medical instruments that date back 150 years!!! I have visited on different occasions and every time I have learned something new. I have always been greeted by friendly staff that seem to truly love their job! Penny is full of interesting information that always adds to the museum experience! Will visit again soon...

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Tiffany N
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Mayfield, Kentucky, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enjoy a step back into the past.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you enjoy history then this is the place for you. The Civil War exibit from Camp Beauregard is one to go see. This is the only exibit in america that has actual pices from the camp. The Lincoln furniture is also a good exibit show furniture from the lincoln white house. If you are in Paducah and love history stop by the museum and step back in the past.

Visited August 2012
4 Thank Jerry T
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