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Welcome to the Kentucky Museum!

Located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, The Kentucky Museum houses historical artifacts from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and from across the world.  We are home to an outstanding quilt and textile collection, extensive archeological and ethnic holdings, fine and decorative arts, permanent exhibits, art galleries, and traveling exhibitions. We offer award winning, hands-on programs for school classes and educational workshops for adults. Lectures and festivals round out the offerings at the Kentucky Museum.

We are pleased that you are interested in visiting the Instruments of American Excellence exhibit.  Please take a moment to review the following information we have provided to make your visit the most enjoyable experience possible.


Kentucky Museum
1400 Kentucky Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Central Time Zone)
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Central Time Zone)


Admission Rates:

WKU Student with ID


KM Friends Member


Children (Under 6)




Children (6 to 16-years-old)




Senior Citizens (60 and Above)


WKU Faculty & Staff, with current ID card

50% off


50% off

Tour Groups (Docent assisted)


K-12 School Groups (Docent assisted)


School Groups Guided by EDU Staff


Visitor Parking:

Free visitor and bus parking is available in the parking lot directly adjacent to the Kentucky Museum (Adams Street Lot) and in the lot across Kentucky Street. Visitor spaces In the lot across Kentucky Street are marked with a "V."  Visitors must sign in at the front desk in the lobby of the Kentucky Museum. To arrange for an appointment or special accommodations for tour groups (20+ people), schedule a Group Tour.

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Handicap Access:

The Kentucky Museum is fully accessible.  Handicap parking is available adjacent to the Museum in the Adams Street Lot across Kentucky Street.


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 Last Modified 11/4/15