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Kentucky Museums and Memorials

Because of the state’s rich history and heritage, you’ll find dozens of Kentucky museums and memorials commemorating everything from the Civil War to music, bourbon and horses.

Celebrate the legends of Kentucky horse racing at Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Museum, and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visit the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville, KY, or view the Civil War battlefields of Perryville and Richmond.

Hear some of the earliest, most influential sounds of American music, and discover dozens of famous native Kentucky musicians at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Museum. While in Owensboro, don't forget to stop by The International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Learn more about a specific Kentucky history museum using the search below.

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Kentucky Derby Museum located at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. Open Daily!
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum. Located at Gate 1 of historic Churchill Downs, the Museum presents the traditions and excitement of the "greatest two minutes in spo...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of Portraits from Paducah's Past depicting Paducah's rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals b...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
A project of the Paducah Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society showcases equipment and memorabilia from the romantic past of America's railroads. New simulator gi...
Kentuckys Appalacians Louisa, KY
 The Painted Cow Gallery is owned and operated by Rob Dosier and the Lawrence County Arts Council. The Painted Cow Gallery is located in Eastern Kentucky i...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
PAPA Gallery (Paducah Area Painters Alliance) features a wide range of large and miniature original paintings by more than 100 local artists. Mon.-Sat., March-October, 10 AM-...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Known as the “Grand Seigneur of the Hollywood Portrait,” George Hurrell transformed the vision of classic Hollywood and its actors. A native of Covington, Kentucky...
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Western Wetlands Hopkinsville, KY
The colorful past of Southwestern Kentucky comes alive at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Travel back in time to see the night riders lighting up the sky during the tobacco war......
Northern Kentucky River Region Springfield, KY
A new exhibit opening June 2013, housed in the West Gallery of the Springfield Opera House, is about the life and career of New York Gaints Super Bowl XXII MVP and now Sports...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Portland Museum showcases Portland and Louisville's river history. Animatronic robot of first female steamboat captain Mary Miller, 1937 Flood footage, sound and light show "P...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
The Arts Board of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green recognizes the important role the visual arts have played both for personal expression and in religious life through...
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