Facebook Pixel The Kentucky Museum – Current Exhibits | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

The Kentucky Museum – Current Exhibits

 Exhibits Calendar        Student Exhibits       Upcoming Exhibits       Past Exhibits       Around Campus 


facing the freshmen year

Facing the Freshmen Year: Essential Conversations

August 2019 - May 2021

This exhibit tells the stories of freshmen year from participants in a student success intiative, WKU Freshmen Guided Pathway (FGP). This cohort of first-time, full-time students who graduated from one of five high schools in Warren County represent the typical WKU freshman in terms of academic achievement prior to admission and their demographic makeup.

FGP assists students as they negotiate the often difficult affective and academic shifts between high school and college. Learn more about the program in this exhibit, presented by the Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education, Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the WKU Center for Literacy, and the Kentucky Museum.

More Information

Heart of Steel by artist David Chambers

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

July 17 - December 1, 2019

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists.

More Information

Gabrielle Robertson

Flashback: 1939

August 2019 - May 2020

Discover how the Kentucky Museum was created! Featuring a timeline and archival photos, this display between our Community and Student Research galleries explores how our home, the Kentucky Building, came to life.


POW Exhibit prints

Process Oriented Works

Kentucky Room

Special thanks to the WKU Art Department for its partnership in acquiring many of the pieces currectly on exhibit.
More Information

Jacqui Lubbers

Jacqui Lubbers: A Legacy in Weaving

Richardson Quilt Gallery

February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Lubbers is a part-time weaving and art appreciation instructor in the WKU Art Department. "Even though the form and content of my work has changed, the compelling force behind my art hasn't," Lubbers said. "Turning a flat piece of woven cloth into a dimensional work of art or more basically, the process of weaving in general, is the most creative aspect of my life. Both processes and product come from my passion to weave and desire to make my art."

Weaving Exhibit 2019 coverlet

Even Coverlets Get the Blues

Richardson Quilt Gallery

February 1, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Kentuckians have practiced the art of handweaving for more than 200 years.

Techniques represented in Even Coverlets Get the Blues range from overshot, double weave, and tied-beiderwand to latch hook rug making and weaving on a hand loom. 

Stop in and see the coverlets chosen for this exhibit by Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum Registrar/Collections Curator.

More Information





Front Lawn

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series and Kentucky Museum host award winning artist Patrick Dougherty in October 2018 on WKU’s campus in Bowling Green, Ky. Highbrow was completed on October 19th. Photo by Cheryl Kirby Stokes

More Information

Museum Courtyard exhibit

HAD  Artist Collective Murals

Anel Lepić and Muhamed “Hamo” Bešlagic, two HAD Collective artists from Bosnia, carved murals in the Kentucky Museum courtyard. Letić and Bešlagić specialize in the wall cut technique to create their murals. The murals were unveiled Friday, March 2.

More Information

Felts Log House

Felts Log House

This 1815 log house is a classic example of traditional Kentucky architecture. The double-pen, two story structure with its dog-trot floor plan and poplar, oak, and walnut construction are typical of the folk architecture of the region. The structure interprets life in rural south central Kentucky in the eighteen-teens.

Photo Gallery

Civil War Exhibit

 A Star In Each Flag:

Conflict in Kentucky

The Civil War, 1861-1865, split the nation apart along the lines of slavery. Kentucky, a southern state with strong ties to north and south, was caught in the middle. This wonderful interactive exhibit explores the Civil War in Kentucky.

Photo Gallery



Snell-Franklin decorative arts gallery

Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery

Objects in this exhibition are all related to Kentucky in some way. Furniture is displayed in relation to time and style with silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and anthropological items, which were used to decorate homes at different periods in history.

Photo Gallery

Duncan Hines exhibit

Recommended by Duncan Hines

Featuring the life and work of the Bowling Green native, this collection of artifacts includes an outstanding collection from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Visitors will learn about Hines’ career as a writer on travel, dining and entertaining, as well as his transition to a "name brand" icon and pioneer in the world of packaged food.

Photo Gallery


 L. Y. Lancaster Gun Collection

 Thirteen guns in two cases tell the story of how a hobby can make a person an authority. Dr. L. Y. Lancaster (1893-1980), best known as a professor of biological sciences and a mentor of pre-med students at Western Kentucky University for 37 years, collected and restored 19th flintlock and percussion lock long rifles. The earliest dated gun in the case is a flintlock from the late 1820s. For many Kentuckians, this case provides their first look at a double barrel shotgun.


Taking the Mystery Out of Prehistory

Long before the first written history in Kentucky, people lived and hunted there. This small exhibit identifies tools, cooking utensils, and ornaments made and used by prehistoric Kentuckians. Ordinary and unusual objects of stone, bone, pottery, and fiber are included and a special display of projectile points identifies spear and arrow tips that span 10,000 years of Kentucky prehistory.



Kentucky Museum App

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 8/14/19