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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
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: