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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)

 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

Tour Groups (Docent assisted)


K-12 School Groups (Docent assisted)


School Groups Guided by EDU Staff


Visitor Parking:

Kenutucky Museum visitor parking is available in the Kentucky Building Lot adjacent to the Kentucky Museum. The Adams Street Lot across from the the Museum has Museum Visitor parking available marked with Vs on the Kentucky Street side. Disability parking is available in both lots. All Kentucky Museum visitors must sign the parking log at the Museum's front desk.

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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 5/31/16