Browse our exhibits at your own pace. Other special exhibits can be found here.
A Kentucky Journey
Our signature museum exhibition introduces you to 12,000 years of Kentucky history. From bourbon to baseball bats, horse racing to sports cars, Civil War to Civil Rights, Kentucky’s impact is wide. Take a “journey” with us to learn how Kentucky came to be part of the U.S. consciousness.
Hall of Governors
Meet “face-to-face” with Kentucky’s leaders in this museum gallery contains portraits of Kentucky governors. Learn about each governor’s administration and the evolution of the governor’s office. Interactive touch screens prompt thought and visitors can write their thoughts on a note board.
Kentucky Military History Museum
Kentucky Military Treasures tells the stories of Kentuckians and their participation in nearly 200 years of conflicts. Even the building is itself a part of military history: the former State Arsenal, the building dates to 1850 and housed a cartridge factory that employed many women during the Civil War. It also played a part in the defense of the capital city from Confederate invasion.
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol building (1830-1910) was the setting for lively political debates as lawmakers grappled with such issues of the day as slavery and declarations of war. This Greek Revival building, designed by young Gideon Shryock, the state’s first native-born professionally trained architect, is the third one to have served as Kentucky’s seat of government — two previous buildings burned to the ground. The Old State Capitol building has been restored to the way it looked in the early 1850s and contains pieces original to that time.
For a more in-depth experience, for an additional $5 per person, add exclusive time with museum staff by booking one of our guided tours. These fun and memorable experiences are perfect for bus tours or social, business, and professional groups visiting Frankfort! Schedule a group tour anytime Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm.
- Rates are valid for groups of ten or more
- Membership discounts are not applicable to group tours
- Free motorcoach access and offsite parking. Find a map here.
- Complimentary general admission for professional tour operators and drivers
- Handicap accessible
- Some experiences may have limited access and capacity
- Hint: Want to avoid peak season? Visit in the Summer, Fall, or Winter!
Book your group tour two weeks in advance here. You will receive an invoice and a link to pay online. Payment is due one week before the tour date. Last-minute bookings? Please call 502-564-1792 for availability.
If you need to reschedule your experience, prepayments will be put towards a future date if notified within 48 hours. Any changes or cancellations to your visit must be submitted in writing to KHSeducation@ky.gov. Only refunds over the amount of $15.00 will be issued, anything under will be considered a donation to KHS.
Downtown Frankfort Walking Tour (Starting June 1)
Get to know Kentucky through her capital city! As the Commonwealth’s seat of government since 1792, Frankfort has been the backdrop for countless events that impacted Kentuckians across the state and made headlines around the country. Stroll through our beautiful downtown and hear stories about the people and places that have helped make Frankfort – and Kentucky – so unique! Length: 1 hour; Capacity: 10
The Old State Capitol Experience
Guided by museum staff, visitors will explore the Old State Capitol building’s unique architectural features and works of art. We’ll also delve into the politics and personalities of 19th and early 20th century Kentuckians, getting to know the leaders who walked these halls and discussing some of the major issues they debated, such as slavery, response to the Civil War, women’s rights, and civil rights. Length: 1 hour; Capacity: 20
The Kentucky Bourbon Mash-up (Starting June 1)
Bourbon history is Kentucky history! Come discover our unique collection of bourbon-related artifacts as museum staff guide your group in a curated gallery experience. Learn the fascinating stories behind these objects, and how they fit into the larger story of the Commonwealth. You can almost taste the history! Length: 1 hour; Capacity: 10