Last updated: 3/8/2015
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Street Address
1444 Kentucky Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Mailing Address
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
phone: 270-745-2592
Kentucky Museum
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
Harrison-Baird Reading Room
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM
Free to Friends of the Museum, WKU students, children under 6 50% discount admission for WKU faculty and staff and members of AAM, AASLH & KMHA.
Adults: $10
Seniors: $5
Children (6-16): $5
Children under 6: Free
[Family: $20
Group Tours: $4
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Brent Bjorkman, Director
phone: 270-745-6261
Donna Parker, Curator of Exhibitions
Sandy Staebell, Collection Curator and Museum Registrar
Christy Spurlock, Education Curator

Since 1939 we have been collecting the objects and papers that describe our state and our world from the perspective of Kentuckians and others. These materials, together with our exhibits, give glimpses into the extraordinary nature of daily life. Through their own words, Kentuckians tell their stories of President Abraham Lincoln, the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp, the swamps of Viet Nam, and slavery. See Kentucky through its postcards, sheet music and photographs. Discover folk customs and school traditions. Explore life in Kentucky during the Civil War and learn about a national food icon from Kentucky in our exhibit galleries.


The Kentucky Museum is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Kentucky. We see our work as impacting not only today's audience, but also future generations who may come to this place with a desire to learn about our state and its people. Our resources and services provide visitors, researchers, and scholars with a broad-based overview of the events and beliefs having lasting importance.


The Kentucky Museum was envisioned by Western's first president, H.H.Cherry, as a building which would hold the knowledge of Kentucky and its people, a place where people could enhance their understanding about this state. Begun in the late 1920s, the building finally opened in 1939, and doubled in size in 40 years later. The Kentucky Building houses the Museum, research Library, Manuscripts, Folk Life Archives and the University Archives.

Artifact Collections

Anyting and everything having a connection with Kentucky. Native American artifacts, furniture, costumes, art, toys, glass, ceramics, quilts, as stated, anything and everything related to Kentucky. Also, the 1815 Felts log house.

Research Collections

Rare books, maps, photographs, census records, The Center for Civil War Studies in the West, newspapers from the earliest times, genealogical information. Letters, diaries, account books, etc. from the 18th century to today. Huge collection of folk life resources collected from the 1930s to today. The history of Western Kentucky University.

Educational Programs

We offer a wide range of programs from teacher workshops to art classes, appraisal days, folk life festivals, lectures, tours. School programs in Early Kentucky Life, Native Armericans in Kentucky, Kentucky in the Civil War, Slave life/UGRR in Kentucky, etc.


WKU Board of Regents


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Wheelchair Accessible




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