Street Address
1 Henderson Street
Stearns, KY 42647
Mailing Address
Post Office Box 452
Stearns, KY 42647
Thursday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
May thru October:
Tuesday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
Sunday11 AM - 4 PM
Thursday - Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day
December thru March: By appointment only.
Annual Christmas Open House: 2nd Saturday of December 12 pm to 4 pm
Admission prices are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, $3.00 for children, and no charge for children under 5. McCreary County Residents: FREE on Sundays and Half Price Tuesday thru Saturday. Members are always admitted free.
Amy Combs, Executive Director


Located in the heart of historic downtown Stearns, KY the McCreary County Museum is housed in the old Stearns Coal and Lumber Company Corporate headquarters that was built in 1907. The Museum was founded in 1988 and we invite everyone to come and explore two floors of local history.

The first floor is filled with historic documents, objects, and photographs pertaining to McCreary County and the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company. The second floor has a replica bedroom and parlor from the early 1930s. In addition to these exciting exhibits we have tried to show the culture and lifestyle of McCreary Countians over the years with social exhibits that include a replica church room, a sporting exhibit and musical exhibit. Our Museum overlooks the town of Stearns which features the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and local craft and gift shops.

Educational Programs

The McCreary County Museum is proud to offer the following Educational resources

  • Free Memberships to interested McCreary County teachers. Our hopes are that with easy, regular access to our publications, programs, and exhibits that we can assist local teachers with learning resources outside the classroom.
  • Treasure Hunts for Preschool through Elementary level students. The treasure hunt is an on-site program that engages the student to look at each exhibit in hopes of finding a selected artifact so they can get the treasure.
  • A Coloring Book that includes 36 pages of local history including sketches of historic sites and artifacts from McCreary County and the Museum. The book is compiled into a fun and educational coloring book for any child.
  • Guided or Self-Guided Tours of the McCreary County Museum are available to educators and class groups that wish to take advantage of the Museum as a resource. We also encourage educators to contact us via email info@mccrearymuseum.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 606-376-5730 to request information for group guided tours. We also have Historic Stearns self guided tour information. Please call today for more information! If you are considering bringing a class but want to come in advance to see our location, call and arrange a FREE one-on-one site visit!
  • Lesson Plans The Museum is proud to offer the following lesson plans that have been prepared by museum supporters: Arts and Humanities Lesson Plan, The Blue Heron Lesson Plan, Social Studies Lesson Plan, Science Lesson Plans, Classifying Rocks Lesson Plan 1, Classifying Rocks Lesson Plan 2, KY Animal Webquest, KY Plants Webquest, Math Lesson Plan



The Museum maintains a genealogy reference library for those interested in tracing their family. Our family file collection contains over 200 files with birth, death and family related articles searchable by last name when visiting the Museum.

Our research collection also consists of over 15,000 employee records that include photos, work cards, transfers, and social security applications that date from 1902 to the 1970’s from the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Copies of these records are available for a small copy fee from the Museum.

We also house census records, land records and family books from McCreary, Wayne, Whitley and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky and Scott County Tennessee.

Members also have special access to online genealogy archives such as obituary's, family files, and newletters. If you are interested in becoming a member please select membership from our main menu. Members also receive free research requests.


Appointment required: No



Museum Membership exists to help in raising funds for the general operation of the Museum. The Museum is a division of the McCreary County Heritage Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. Becoming a member allows you to feel good about helping preserve our history for generations to come.

Become a Volunteer!

You can be a part of the past, the present, and the future by volunteering at the McCreary County Museum. Volunteers learn about local history and serve our visitors in invaluable ways. Recent volunteers have helped in a number of invaluable ways-everything from assistance at the Fourth of July Festival in Stearns to doing general volunteer work at the Museum. General volunteers become familiar with every volunteer position so that they may fill in where ever needed.