The Kentucky History Center is Open!

We are excited to announce our return to our regular Tuesday-Saturday schedule for exhibitions and Wednesday-Saturday schedule for the research library.  For hours and admission prices, see here.

What can you expect from your visit?

First, this is a phased reopening. Not all of our campus will be open. While the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum remain closed, the library and exhibits at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History will be open. This includes our permanent gallery, A Kentucky Journey, our Hall of Governors exhibit, and the current Keeneland Gallery exhibition, Poetry in Color: Paul Sawyier’s Two Villages. We welcome you to visit!

Our plan for reopening has not only been reviewed by the Franklin County Office of Emergency Management, but it also meets Team Kentucky’s Healthy-at Work guidelines and follows the American Alliance of Museums recommendations for reopening museums.  Visitors can expect clear and comfortable guidance throughout their experience, with plenty of assistance from our knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Expectations include detailed instruction regarding masks, social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, increased cleaning & disinfecting schedules, and limited crowd capacity.  While the days of immersive interactives are on hold, we maintain our commitment to engaging learning experiences.

What changes can you expect when using the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library?

The General Stacks, Reference, Land Records, and Maps areas are CLOSED to browsing and visitor retrieval. Staff will pull your requested items. Prior to your visit, please read the temporary guidelines posted here.

What about group tours and rentals? Sorry, but we are not currently scheduling either group tours or rental facilities. Please check our website and social media for updates.

Can’t visit? Don’t worry! Visit our website’s Virtual Visitor page for archived virtual tours, videos, educational resources, and other online offerings, including day trips and marker tours.

Questions? If you have questions or concerns about your visit, please let us know! Contact KHS Deputy Director Jessica Stavros at or call 502-782-8760.


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