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The Kentucky Museum – Online Exhibits

360 Virtual Tours

Not able to visit us in person? Click the links below to view 360-degree tours of our exhibits from the comfort of your home or classroom. 


Virtual Exhibits


Jonesville exhibit

In the summer of 2022, seven Southcentral Kentucky residents explored the history and story of Jonesville through the Community Scholars program, a statewide training program for documenting traditional arts adn culture. Guided by the Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Arts Council, this group of researchers explored how to conduct fieldwork research, then applied their training to conduct oral history interviews with former residents of Jonesville and their descendants, creating this interpretive exhibit. 

Visit the online exhibit.

The Two Artists in KY Museum Print Collection

The Museum’s fine art prints collection includes serigraphs, lithographs, chromolithographs, etchings, engravings and block prints. The print collection began in earnest in 1975 with a donation of 23 works, chosen by WKU Art Department faculty, partially funded with a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The print collection continued to grow through a 1978 donation by Harry Jackson and from 1980 - 1981 over 50 prints were donated by several people assisted by the Ackerman Foundation. Kentucky artist, Malcolm Arnett, donated a collection of his own block prints and lithographs.

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A Culture Carried

As part of the Kentucky Folklife Program’s on-going oral history project, the Kentucky Folklife Program and Kentucky Museum are proud to present a virtual version of the 2016-2018 exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green (Kulturno naslijeđe Bosanci u Bowling Green-u).


Out of the Box

In 2019, the Kentucky Building celebrates 80 years of showcasing South Central Kentucky’s unique culture and heritage. In honor of this milestone, the Kentucky Museum presents Out of the Box, an exhibition focused on fostering multidisciplinary discussions about our collective heritage while shining new light on the relevance of our museum in the 21st century. 

This virtual exhibit presents the Object Lessons created by faculty, and links to additional resources held by the Kentucky Folklife Program and WKU Department of Library Special Collections. Curated by 11 WKU faculty from 9 departments.

Kentucky Women Rising
 This virtual version of our Kentucky Women Rising exhibit explores the history of Kentucky women in politics, with supplementary videos and resources to help students understand the waves of feminism.
Gazing Deeply Big Ideas
 This companion exhibit to "Gazing Deeply: The Art & Science of Mammoth Cave" (on view 2020 to 2022) takes a deeper look at the objects, stories, and involvement of WKU at Mammoth Cave National Park. This exhibit features expanded text by Dr. Chris Groves, Lee Anne Bledsoe, and Autumn Singer of Crawford Hydrology Laboratory and art instructor Julie Schuck of the WKU Art Department.


Historic Schools of Warren Co.

In 1855, the Kentucky Superintendent of Public Instruction reported there were 3,575 children of school age in Warren County, Kentucky. An average of 1,107 students actually attended the county's common schools that year. Of the 58 schools reporting, there was one five-month, one six-month and one seven-month school. Two four-month schools were in the count with the remaining 53 being in session for three months.

This website presents over 100 common schools listed in Warren County's Official Record Book of the County Superintendent and other schools which were once or still are a part of the Warren County school system.

Celebration of the Arts
Celebration of the Arts

Each year, we host the Celebration of the Arts - a competitive art exhibition open to all residents 18 years of age or older, living in a Kentucky county which falls within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green. Flickr galleries of the past three years are available at the links below:

2023 Abound Credit Union Celebration of the Arts

2022 US Bank Celebration of the Arts

2021 US Bank Celebration of the Arts

Sun Quilt
Quilts and Textiles

The Kentucky Museum is home to one of Kentucky's largest publicly owned quilt collections, numbering over 320 historic and contemporary quilts. With a dedicated quilt and textiles gallery, we showcase this collection through thematic shows rotating every 1-2 years. Flickr galleries and 360-degree tours showcase the variety of our collections:

Crazy Quilt Mania

Weaving exhibits / Even Coverlets Get the Blues


Backward and Forward: 20th Century Quilts

Faces and Places


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

 Last Modified 4/17/23