A Kentucky Journey

Take “A Kentucky Journey” and find your place in our story.

From bourbon to baseball bats, horse racing to sporty cars, Kentucky’s impact is wide. Take a 12,000-year “journey” with us from prehistoric times to the modern day and learn how Kentucky came to be part of the U.S. consciousness. You’ll:

  • Experience wartime and peace.
  • Meet free people and the enslaved, private citizens and public figures.
  • See items that tell of Kentucky’s most famous – and infamous – citizens: the mirror that hung in Lexington madam Belle Brezing’s parlor; the coat Gov. William Goebel wore the day of his assassination; the pocket watch Abraham Lincoln carried in 1860.
  • Discover the things that illustrate everyday life for countless Kentuckians who helped set the Commonwealth’s course: handmade quilts that women carefully stitched to provide warmth for their families; hand-crafted furniture which stored the family treasures; tools of their trades.

No matter where you’re from, we’re confident you have a Kentucky connection. Take the “journey” and find yours.

For Kids & Families

History Habits Room
For Ages 3-5 & Their Adults
Read, create, dress up and learn about history and science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Torn Within & Threatened Without: Kentucky in the Civil War Era
For School-Age & Older
Imagine what it was like to be the eight Kentuckians whose stories you’ll learn. Choose what you would have done in their place. (See this exhibit online and access educators’ resources.)

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm