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Welcome to the Kentucky Museum!

Located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, The Kentucky Museum houses historical artifacts from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and from across the world.  We are home to an outstanding quilt and textile collection, extensive archeological and ethnic holdings, fine and decorative arts, permanent exhibits, art galleries, and traveling exhibitions. We offer award winning, hands-on programs for school classes and educational workshops for adults. Lectures and festivals round out the offerings at the Kentucky Museum.

We are pleased that you are interested in visiting the Instruments of American Excellence exhibit.  Please take a moment to review the following information we have provided to make your visit the most enjoyable experience possible.


Kentucky Museum
1400 Kentucky Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (CST)
Closed Sunday


Admission Prices:

Free to Friends of the Kentucky Museum
WKU faculty and staff members: $2.50 (with a current WKU identification card)
Student admission is free (with current WKU identification card)

General Admission

$5 for Adults
$2.50 for Children ages 6-16
$3.50 for Children and Students (guided tours)
$2.50 for Senior citizens (60 and above)
$10 for Families
Free for Children 5 and under
Discounts are offered to AAM, AASLH, AAA, and KMHA members with cards

Visitor Parking:

Free visitor and bus parking is available in the parking lot directly adjacent to the Kentucky Museum (Adams Street Lot) and in the lot across Kentucky Street. Visitor spaces In the lot across Kentucky Street are marked with a "V."  Visitors must sign in at the front desk in the lobby of the Kentucky Museum. To arrange for an appointment or special accommodations for tour groups (20+ people) contact Brent Bjorkman at 270-745-6261.

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Handicap Access:

The Kentucky Museum is fully accessible.  Handicap parking is available adjacent to the Museum in the Adams Street Lot.


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 Last Modified 7/9/15