List Of Museums In Kentucky
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List of Museums in Kentucky

This list of museums in Kentucky is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

Museums

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Name Image Location County Region Area of study Summary
1817 Saddle Factory Museum Russellville Logan South Central Kentucky Industry History of the saddle factory, its workers and products, operated by Historic Russellville[1][2]
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Abe-Lincoln-Birthplace-1.jpg Hodgenville LaRue Derby Region Biographical Preserves two farm sites where Abraham Lincoln lived as a child.
Adsmore Adsmore01.jpg Princeton Caldwell Western Waterlands Living Victorian home with "living" tours by season
African American Heritage Center Franklin Simpson South Central Kentucky African American website, African American achievements in Simpson County and Kentucky
Alexander Arthur Museum Middlesboro Bell Daniel Boone Country Biographical Display of personal items owned by Alexander Arthur and his family[3]
American Cave Museum Horse Cave Hart South Central Kentucky Natural history website, caves, groundwater, pollution and tour of Hidden River Cave
American Saddlebred Museum Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Natural history website, part of Kentucky Horse Park, history of the American Saddlebred, art, trophies, photographs, tack
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate Ashland HC.JPG Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Historic house Plantation of the 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay
Atkinson-Griffin Log House Campbellsville Taylor Daniel Boone Country Historic house Served as a Confederate hospital after the Battle of Tebbs Bend[4]
Auburn Museum Auburn Logan South Central Kentucky Local history website, operated by the Auburn Historical Society
Aviation Heritage Park Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Aviation website, park display of a F-4 Phantom II, planned display of other aircraft
Aviation Museum of Kentucky Aviation Museum P6160299.JPG Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Aviation Historic airplanes, photos, documents and training equipment
Bardstown Historical Museum Spalding Hall.jpg Bardstown Nelson Derby Region Local history Located in Spalding Hall along with the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Barlow House Museum Barlow Ballard Western Waterlands Historic house Late 19th-century period house
Barthell Coal Mining Camp Whitley City McCreary South Central Kentucky Mining Open-air museum includes museum, barber shop, bath house, doctor's office, machine shop, mining motor displays, school/church house, 1890s reconstructed log cabin and mine tour
Behringer-Crawford Museum Covington Kenton Northern Kentucky Local history website, regional history of Northern Kentucky
Bell County Coal House and Museum Middlesboro Bell Daniel Boone Country Mining House made of coal and outdoor display on local coal mines[5]
Bell County Historical Society Museum Middlesboro Bell Daniel Boone Country Local history website, operated by the Bell County Historical Society
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum Marion Crittenden Western Waterlands Natural history website, minerals including large collection of fluorite specimens
Bibb House Museum Russellville Logan South Central Kentucky Historic house Open by appointment with Historic Russellville[2]
Big Bone Lick State Park Bigbonelick.jpg Big Bone Boone Northern Kentucky Natural history Visitor center includes fossils found in the park, and the Outdoor Museum features a recreated bog diorama with extinct animals
Big Sandy Heritage Center Pikeville C&O depot from southeast.jpg Pikeville Pike Kentucky's Appalachians Local history Housed in a former railroad station
Bill Monroe Museum Rosine Ohio Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Biographical Life of Bill Monroe and the early foundations of bluegrass music
BitterSweet Cabin Museum Renfro Valley Rockcastle Daniel Boone Country Open-air website, log cabin museum village and stores
Black History Gallery Elizabethtown Hardin Derby Region African American Display of photos, articles and biographies of black Americans[6]
Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp Blue-heron-tipple-ky1.jpg Blue Heron McCreary South Central Kentucky Mining Restored former company town
Bluegrass Heritage Museum Winchester Clark Bluegrass Local history
Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum Rosine Ohio Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Transportation Private collection of over 20 vintage, American made motorcycles and memorabilia, open by appointment[7]
Bluegrass Railroad and Museum Versailles Woodford Bluegrass Railroad Heritage railroad and museum
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park Blue Licks Cedar Glade.JPG Mount Olivet Robertson Northern Kentucky Local history Pioneer Museum includes exhibits about the battle during the American Revolution, local natural and cultural history
Bobby Davis Museum and Park Hazard Perry Daniel Boone Country Local history [8]
Breathitt County Museum Jackson Breathitt Daniel Boone Country Local history
Breckinridge County Historical Society Museum Hardinsburg Breckinridge Derby Region Local history website[9]
Brennan House & Medical Office Museum Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house Victorian mansion
Brown-Pusey House Elizabethtown Hardin Derby Region Historic house Iincludes the Pusey Room Museum with a replica of a late 19th-century medical office, a genealogical library, and meeting rooms
Bullitt County History Museum Shepherdsville Bullitt Derby Region Local history website, operated by the Bullitt County Genealogical Society
Butler-Turpin State Historic House Carrollton Carroll Northern Kentucky Historic house Located in General Butler State Resort Park, mid 19th century period house
Caldwell County Railroad Museum Princeton Caldwell Western Waterlands Railroad website, railroad artifacts and memorabilia.
Camp Breckinridge Museum & Arts Center Morganfield Union Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Historic site website, former officer's club, features murals painted by a German POW
Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park Camp Nelson cabin display.JPG Nicholasville Jessamine Bluegrass Civil War Union Army supply depot and recruiting station for African American soldiers
Cane Ridge Meeting House & Barton Warren Stone Museum Cane Ridge Meeting House Memorial Building.JPG Paris Bourbon Bluegrass Religious History of the former camp meeting site
Capital City Museum Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass Local history website
The Carnegie Covington Kenton Northern Kentucky Art website, multidisciplinary arts venue with galleries
C.B. Caudill Store & History Center Blackey Letcher Daniel Boone Country Local history website
Civil War Museum Bardstown Civil War Museum.jpg Bardstown Nelson Derby Region Multiple Five attractions, including Civil War Museum of the Western Theater, Old Bardstown Village Village with 10 log cabins, Women's Civil War Museum, Wildlife Museum and War Memorial of Mid America
Cloverfork Museum Evarts Harlan Daniel Boone Country Local history website, located in Highsplint, a former coal town
Cloverport Depot Museum Cloverport Breckinridge Derby Region Local history [9]
Columbus-Belmont State Park Columbus-Belmont State Park Anchor.JPG Columbus Hickman Western Waterlands Civil War Civil War history of the area and local natural and cultural history
Conrad-Caldwell House Conrad Historic Home, Old Louisville KY.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house Late 19th-century period mansion
Constitution Square Historic Site The Governor's Circle at Constitution Square.jpg Danville Boyle Bluegrass Open-air Includes replica of 1785 log courthouse, jail and meetinghouse, 1792 post office
Coal Miners' Museum Van Lear Johnson Kentucky's Appalachians Mining Local coal mining history
Creation Museum Petersburg Boone Northern Kentucky Religious
Crittenden County Historical Museum Marion Crittenden Western Waterlands Local history website
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Pinnacle overlook.jpg Middlesboro Bell Daniel Boone Country History Includes the Visitor Center with museum exhibits about the area's natural and cultural history, and Hensley Settlement, an open-air mountain community
Cumberland Inn & Museum Williamsburg Whitley Daniel Boone Country Multiple Natural history, collections of crosses, coins, stamps, arrowheads and nutcrackers
Cynthiana Museum Cynthiana Harrison Bluegrass Local history website
David A. Zegeer Coal-Railroad Museum Jenkins Letcher Daniel Boone Country Mining Coal mining and railroad history
Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center Dawson Springs Hopkins Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Local history Local history and art[10]
Dinsmore Homestead Burlington Boone Northern Kentucky Historic house 1840s house on 30 acres (120,000 m2)
Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum Fort Campbell Christian Western Waterlands Military History of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault the "Screaming Eagles"
Duncan Tavern DuncanTavern.JPG Paris Bourbon Bluegrass Historic site website, state headquarters of the Kentucky Society, NSDAR; 1788 tavern
East Kentucky Science Center Prestonsburg Floyd Kentucky's Appalachians Science Includes exhibit hall, planetarium and laser dome
Elkhorn City Railroad Museum Elkhorn City Pike Kentucky's Appalachians Railroad History of railroads in Kentucky's Eastern Mountain Coal Fields region
Embroidery Museum and Resource Center Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Textile Operated by the Embroiderer's Guild of America, exhibits of embroidered items
Ephraim McDowell House Dr. Ephraim McDowell House, 125 South Second Street, Danville (Boyle County, Kentucky).jpg Danville Boyle Bluegrass Historic house Early 19th-century doctor's office, house and apothecary shop
Explorium of Lexington Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Children's website, formerly known as the Lexington Children's Museum
Fairholme (John Street Home) Cadiz Trigg Western Waterlands Historic house website, tours by appointment, also known as the John L. Street Home
Farmington Historic Home Farmington.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house Early 19th century plantation home
Federal Hill MOKH Mansion.jpg Bardstown Nelson Derby Region Historic house Also known as My Old Kentucky Home, early 19th-century mansion, part of My Old Kentucky Home State Park
The Filson Historical Society Filson club 2.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Local history Includes a museum of local history and art exhibits
Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum Flemingsburg Fleming Bluegrass Local history [11]
Fordsville Depot Museum Fordsville Ohio Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Multiple website, includes local history, railroad and rural life displays
Forkland Community Center Lincoln Museum Forkland Boyle Bluegrass Local history website, community heritage, including local connections to Lucey Shipley Hanks Sparrow, who was the grandmother of Abraham Lincoln
Fort Boonesborough State Park Fort Boonesborough.2001a.JPG Boonesborough Madison Bluegrass Fort Reconstructed pioneer fort with artisans
Francis M. Stafford House Paintsville Johnson Kentucky's Appalachians Historic house 19th-century house, open by appointment
Frazier History Museum Frazier Museum Exhibit.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Military U.S. and UK arms, armor and historic weaponry
Friendship School Campbellsville Taylor Daniel Boone Country Education 1918 one room schoolhouse[4]
Garrard County Jail Museum The Old Garrard County Jail, Lancaster, Kentucky.jpg Lancaster Garrard Bluegrass Prison
General George Patton Museum of Leadership T28 Front Quarter.jpg Fort Knox Hardin Derby Region Biographical
Georgetown & Scott County Museum Georgetown Scott Bluegrass Local history website
Georgetown College Fine Art Galleries Georgetown Scott Bluegrass Art website, includes the Jacobs Gallery, Cochenour Gallery, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Art Gallery, and Live. Learn. Believe. Sculpture Exhibition
Glema Mahr Center for the Arts Madisonville Hopkins Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Art website, part of Madisonville Community College, features the Anne P. Baker Gallery of fine art
Governor William Owsley House Pleasant Retreat, Gov. William Owsley House, 2.jpg Lancaster Garrard Bluegrass Historic house Also known as Pleasant Retreat
Great American Dollhouse Museum Danville Boyle Bluegrass Toy website, over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings and room boxes
Green River Female Academy Elkton Todd Western Waterlands Education 19th century female seminary
Hancock County Museum Hawesville Hancock Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Local history website, housed in the old railroad station
Hardin County History Museum Elizabethtown Hardin Derby Region Local history website
Harland Sanders Café and Museum SandersCafeKFC.jpg Corbin Laurel South Central Kentucky Food Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum Maysville Mason Northern Kentucky Biographical Located in the Marshall Key House, said to be where author Harriet Beecher Stowe got some of the ideas for her book Uncle Tom's Cabin[12]
Hart County Historical Museum Munfordville Hart South Central Kentucky Local history website, operated by the Hart County Historical Society
Headley-Whitney Museum Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Art website, decorative arts including jewelry, bibelots and mounted semi-precious stones, doll houses, shell grotto, changing exhibits
Hickman County Museum Clinton Hickman Western Waterlands Local history [13]
Hiestand House Museum Campbellsville Taylor Daniel Boone Country Historic house 1823 German stone house with exhibits about county history[4]
Highlands Museum and Discovery Center Kentucky Highlands Museum.jpg Ashland Boyd Kentucky's Appalachians History Local history and specialized science displays
Historical Society of Hopkins County Museum Madisonville Hopkins Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Local history website, includes Ruby Laffoon cabin
Historic Locust Grove Locust Grove closeup.JPG Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house 55 acre 18th-century farm homestead
Historic Railpark and Train Museum L&N Bowling Green.jpg Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Railroad Historic railroad station, locomotives and railroad equipment
Homeplace on Green River Campbellsville Taylor Daniel Boone Country Farm website, 19th-century period demonstration farm on 227 acres[4]
Hopewell Museum Paris Bourbon Bluegrass Local history website, history and culture of Bourbon County and Central Kentucky
Hunt-Morgan House Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington Kentucky 2.jpg Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Historic house 18th century home, includes Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum
International Bluegrass Music Museum Owensboro Daviess Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Music History of bluegrass music
Irvinton House Museum Richmond Madision Bluegrass Local history Located in Irvine-McDowell Park[14]
Jack Jouett House Historic Site Jack Jouett House.jpg Versailles Woodford Bluegrass Historic house website, late 18th-century home of American Revolutionary hero Jack Jouett
James A. Ramage Civil War Museum JARCWM.jpg Fort Wright Kenton Northern Kentucky History History of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's involvement in the American Civil War
Janice Mason Art Museum Cadiz Trigg Western Waterlands Art website, part of the Cadiz Community Arts Center, changing exhibits of art in all forms
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site JeffDavisMemorial.jpg Fairview Todd Western Waterlands Biographical Monument and museum about Confederate leader Jefferson Davis
John James Audubon State Park Audubonwildernesslake.JPG Henderson Henderson Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Art Includes the Audubon Museum with art by John James Audubon and the John James Audubon Nature Center
Kentucky Coal Mining Museum KY Coal Mining Museum.png Benham Harlan Daniel Boone Country Mining Coal mining and life of the coal miner and family
Kentucky Derby Museum Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Sports American Thoroughbred horse racing museum
Kentucky Folk Art Center Morehead Rowan Kentucky's Appalachians Art Part of Morehead State University, self-taught art, exhibits of folk art, fine art, textiles, photography, and historical content
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center Maysville Mason Northern Kentucky Multiple website, includes regional history dioramas and artifacts, an art gellery and Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection
Kentucky Governor's Mansion KY Governors Mansion.png Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass Historic house
Kentucky Museum Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Multiple On the campus of Western Kentucky University, Kentucky and US cultural history, decorative arts, Duncan Hines
Kentucky Military History Museum Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass Military Operated by the Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Art Art and craft heritage of Kentucky
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Renfro Valley Rockcastle Daniel Boone Country Music website
Kentucky Railway Museum KY Railway Museum Station.JPG New Haven Nelson Derby Region Railroad History and heritage of Kentucky's railroads and the people who built them, includes model trains, heritage railroad
Kentucky River Museum Boonesborough Madison Bluegrass Transportation Impact of the river, locks and dams on the area's family and commerce, open on a limited basis
Kentucky Science Center Louisville science center.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Science Formerly the Louisville Science Center, hands-on science exhibits, natural history displays
Knox Historical Museum Barbourville Knox Daniel Boone Country Local history website
Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center Sandy Hook Elliott Kentucky's Appalachians Local history Facebook site[15]
Lexington History Center Fayette County Kentucky old courthouse.jpg Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Multiple Currently closed and developing traveling displays; included the Lexington History Museum, Lexington Public Safety Museum, Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum
Liberty Hall Historic Site Liberty Hall, Main & Wilkinson Streets, Frankfort (Franklin County, Kentucky).jpg Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass Historic house Includes both Liberty Hall and Orlando Brown House
Lincoln Heritage House Elizabethtown Hardin Derby Region Historic house Log home of Thomas Lincoln[16]
Lincoln Homestead State Park Springfield Washington Derby Region Historic house Includes the home of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln, the replica log house of his grandmother, and the restored home of his uncle, Mordecai Lincoln
Lincoln Museum of Kentucky Hodgenville LaRue Derby Region Biographical website, features dioramas with wax figures depicting important events in Lincoln's life and Lincoln artwork
Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum Tilghman House Street.JPG Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands History Focuses on Kentucky and the western theater of the American Civil War
Lone Oak House Museum Hopkinsville Christian Western Waterlands Historic house Open by appointment[17]
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory LouisvilleSluggerMusem.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Sports Baseball and the history of the baseball bat
Louisville Visual Art Association Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Art website, changing art exhibits, located in the Louisville Water Tower
Ludlow Heritage Museum Ludlow Kenton Northern Kentucky Local history [18][19]
Lyon County Museum Eddyville Lyon Western Waterlands Local history website, also known as Rose Hill Museum
Magoffin County Pioneer Village and Museum Magoffin County Pioneer Village and Museum.JPG Salyersville Magoffin Kentucky's Appalachians Open-air Reconstructed log buildings, operated by the Magoffin County Historical Society
Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum Cave City Barren South Central Kentucky Natural history website, mounted animal dioramas
Marie Stewart Museum & Craft Shop Hindman Knott Daniel Boone Country Local history History of the Hindman Settlement School
Mary Todd Lincoln House Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington Kentucky 3.jpg Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Historic house 1840s period family home of Mary Todd Lincoln
McCreary County Museum Stearns Coal Company Offices.jpg Stearns McCreary South Central Kentucky Local history Adjacent to Big South Fork Scenic Railway, history and culture of McCreary County and the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company
McLean County History & Genealogy Museum Calhoun McLean Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Local history website, housed in the old railroad station
Mill Springs Battlefield Visitors Center and Museum Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center.JPG Nancy Pulaski South Central Kentucky Civil War Commemorates the January 1862 Battle of Mill Springs
Morgan County History Museum West Liberty Morgan Kentucky's Appalachians Local history [20]
Mountain Homeplace Mountain Homeplace.jpg Staffordsville Johnson Kentucky's Appalachians Living Mid-19th century working farm with Museum Of Appalachian History, includes farmstead, church, school, and blacksmith shop.
Mountain Life Museum London Laurel Daniel Boone Country Open-air Part of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, recreated pioneer village and a restored McHargue's Mill
Muhammad Ali Center AliCenter.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Biographical Life and ideals of boxer Muhammad Ali
Museum of Physical Security Nicholasville Jessamine Bluegrass Commodity website, operated by Lockmasters Security Institute, collection of safe locks
Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind Louisville Jefferson Derby Region History History of the education of people who are blind, and how the American Printing House for the Blind has contributed to that history
National Corvette Museum National Corvette Museum, KY.JPG Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Automotive Showcases the Chevrolet Corvette
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Walton Boone Northern Kentucky Sports American drivers of dirt late model racecars
National Quilt Museum Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands Textile Quilts and fiber art
National Underground Railroad Museum Maysville Mason Northern Kentucky Historic house website, located in the Bierbower House, a safe house for the Underground Railroad[21]
Northeastern Kentucky Museum Olive Hill Carter Kentucky's Appalachians Local history [22]
NKU Museum of Anthropology Highland Heights Campbell Northern Kentucky Anthropology website, part of Northern Kentucky University, display cases on the second floor of Landrum Academic Center
Octagon Hall Museum Franklin Simpson South Central Kentucky Historic house website
Ohio County Museum Hartford Ohio Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Open-air Includes a historic log cabin, one-room school house, historic home[23]
Ohio County Veterans' Museum Hartford Ohio Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Military [24]
Old Fort Harrod State Park Old Fort Harrod State Park.jpg Harrodsburg Mercer Derby Region Open-air Reconstructed fort and museum
Old Washington Historic Village Washington Mason Northern Kentucky Open-air website, 1780s frontier village, includes the Paxton House, a restored 1810 historical residence, historic houses, log cabins, churches, Slavery to Freedom Museum, carriage museum[25][26]
Oldham County History Center La Grange Oldham Derby Region Local history website, operated by the Oldham County Historical Society, includes the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, J.C. Barnett Archives and Library, and the Robb Morris Chapel
Old State Capitol Old state house KY.png Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass Historic site Operated by the Kentucky Historical Society
Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History Bardstown Whiskey Museum.jpg Bardstown Nelson Derby Region Food History of American whiskey from Colonial days through the 1960s; located in Spalding Hall along with the Bardstown Historical Museum
Owen County Historical Museum Owenton Owen Northern Kentucky Local history website, operated by the Owen County Historical Society
Owensboro Area Museum of Science & History Owensboro Daviess Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Multiple website, natural history, science, local history, motor sports, children's area and government
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Owensboro Daviess Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Art website, collection features American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present
Paducah Railway Museum Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands Railroad website
Paradise Park Museum Complex Powderly Muhlenberg Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Open-air Includes Merle Travis birthplace, Coal Mines Shotgun House, a replica of a 1920s coal mining town and a two-room schoolhouse[27]
Parker Warner Historic Museum Providence Webster Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Local history website
Pennyroyal Area Museum Hopkinsville Christian Western Waterlands Local history website, includes exhibits about Edgar Cayce, area African American history, a pioneer living set, and a military exhibit[28]
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Perryville Parsons Battery.jpg Perryville Boyle Bluegrass Civil War Site of the Battle of Perryville
Portland Museum PortlandLouMuseum.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Local history History of Portland, Louisville's riverside community
Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati Covington Kenton Northern Kentucky Railroad Features over 80 historic railroad equipment located on a 4-acre (16,000 m2) site
Red River Museum Clay City Powell Daniel Boone Country Local history website, local mining, logging and railroad industries, operated by the Red River Historical Society
River Discovery Center Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands Maritime website, river transportation, steamboats, captains, locks and dams, natural history and habitats
Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing FarnsleyMoremenHouse.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house 1840s house, archaeological excavations, gardens
Riverview at Hobson Grove HobsonGrove.JPG Bowling Green Warren South Central Kentucky Historic house Mid-19th century home
Rob Morris Home La Grange Oldham Derby Region Historic house Home of Rob Morris, the second and last poet laureate of Freemasonry and the founder of the Order of the Eastern Star
Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum Guthrie Todd Western Waterlands Biographical website, birthplace of poet Robert Penn Warren
Rosemary Clooney Museum Augusta Bracken Northern Kentucky Biographical Home of singer Rosemary Clooney
Royal Spring Park Royal Spring2.jpg Georgetown Scott Bluegrass Historic house Park that includes 1874 log cabin
Rowan County Historical Veterans Museum Morehead Rowan Kentucky's Appalachians Military website
Samuel May House Living History Museum Samuel May House.jpg Prestonsburg Floyd Kentucky's Appalachians Historic house Early 19th-century house
Shaker Museum at South Union South Union Shaker Center Dwelling House.jpg Auburn Logan South Central Kentucky Religious History of the South Union Shaker Village and Shaker folklife and material culture
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Shakertown Trustees House 2005-05-27.jpeg Pleasant Hill Mercer Bluegrass Living 19th century Shaker village
Scott County Arts & Cultural Center Georgetown Scott Bluegrass Art Located in the Scott County Jail Complex
Simpson County Archives and Museum Franklin Simpson South Central Kentucky Local history website, operated by the Simpson County Historical Society, housed in an old jail and jailer's residence; also known as Old Stone Jail - Simpson County Archives
Sons of the American Revolution Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Military Displays on the early history of the United States and the American Revolution in its library
South Central Kentucky Cultural Center Glasgow Barren South Central Kentucky Local history website, also known as Museum of the Barrens
Speed Art Museum Louisville Speed Museum.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Art
Swamp Valley Museum Frenchburg Menifee Daniel Boone Country Local history [29][30]
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum Elizabethtown Hardin Derby Region Automotive website, historic automobiles
Thistle Cottage Greenville Muhlenberg Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region Multiple website, formerly the Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery, operated by the Muhlenberg County Public Library, art exhibits and area coal history displays
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History Frankfort Franklin Bluegrass History Operated by the Kentucky Historical Society, over 12,000 years of Kentucky history
Thomas Edison House Thomas Edison House Louisville.jpg Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Biographical
Thomas Merton Center Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Biographical Works and memorabilia of Thomas Merton, an American Catholic monk, writer and mystic
Three Forks Historical Center Beattyville Lee Daniel Boone Country Local history [31]
University of Kentucky Art Museum Fine Arts Building (U.K.).jpg Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Art European and American artwork ranging from Old Masters to contemporary, and a selection of Non-Western objects
U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum.jpg Paintsville Johnson Kentucky's Appalachians Music Exhibits on the country music entertainers who grew up near U.S. Route 23.
Vent Haven Museum Fort Mitchell Kenton Northern Kentucky Puppet Only museum devoted to the art of ventriloquism
Ward Hall Georgetown Scott Bluegrass Historic house 19th-century Greek Revival mansion
WaterWorks Museum at Louisville Water Tower Park Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Technology Restored 19th-century pumping station with steam engines, exhibits about its technology
Waveland State Historic Site Waveland winter.jpg Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Historic house 19th century plantation home
Wayne County Museum Monticello Wayne Daniel Boone Country Local history website, also known as the William Crenshaw Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Museum, operated by the Wayne County Historical Society
Whitehall House & Gardens Louisville Jefferson Derby Region Historic house website
White Hall State Historic Site Richmond Madison Bluegrass Historic house 1860s period mansion
Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum Whitney M. Young, Jr. Birthplace.jpg Simpsonville Shelby Derby Region Biographical Home of civil rights leader Whitney Young, open by request
Wickland Wickland 1.JPG Bardstown Nelson Derby Region Historic house Early 19th-century house that was home to three state governors, two for Kentucky and one in Louisiana
Wickliffe Mounds Wickliffe Mounds Entrance.JPG Wickliffe Ballard Western Waterlands Archaeology
William Clark Market House Museum Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands Local history website
William Arnold Log Home Williamstown Grant Northern Kentucky Historic house 1811 log house, operated by the Grant County Historical Society[32]
William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology Lexington Fayette Bluegrass Anthropology website, research collection of the University of Kentucky
William Whitley House State Historic Site Stanford Lincoln Bluegrass Historic house Late 18th-century pioneer brick home
Wolfe County Historical Museum Campton Wolfe Daniel Boone Country Local history [33]
Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum Hopkinsville Christian Western Waterlands Transportation website, includes fire trucks, automobiles, wagons, buggies, a sleigh, license plates and local fire memorabilia
Wrather West Kentucky Museum Murray Calloway Western Waterlands Local history website, part of Murray State University, history of West Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase
Yeiser Art Center Paducah McCracken Western Waterlands Art website

Defunct museums

  • Charles Jackson Circus Museum, Hopkinsville, collections now at the Pennyroyal Area Museum[34]
  • Alben W. Barkley Museum, Paducah
  • Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science, Bowling Green, closed in 2012[35][36]
  • Floyd Collins Museum, Cave City, closed in 2013[37]
  • Morris Toy Museum, Carrsville[38][39]
  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, Elizabethtown, closed in 2012[40]

See also

References

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  38. ^ "Dinky, Barclay & Tootsietoy Metal Toys, Lot 325A". Live Auctioneers. Retrieved 2015. includes auto transport, train, oil tanker, gas pumps, and various cars, 15 pcs......from the personal collection of Roger Morris, Morris Toy Museum, carrsville, Ky, deceased....CARRSVILLE, Ky.--Roger Morris said the toys he collects and displays at his free museum not only have kept him young, but also may have helped save his life. Morris, 55, owner of the Morris Toy Museum that opened April 25 in his home, was told he was terminally ill and had two months to live nine years ago. He started collecting the first of 4,000 toys as a way to pass the time because he was unable to work. 
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