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Traveling Exhibitions

The Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program produce traveling pop-up exhibitions for use by our campus and community. These exhibitions are based on our in-house productions, featuring rich, full-color panels that details the histories and cultures of Kentuckians. 

Please read this page in its entirety before submitting a request.



Traveling exhibitions are available under the following policies:

  • Reservations are limited to a maximum of two weeks. 
    • All rentals are subject to availability. Exhibits are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • If you would like a staff member present to discuss the exhibition with your group or for a special event, please let us know. Speaker and mileage fees may apply.
    • Please do not request the use of a traveling exhibit unless you can return the exhibit on the agreed upon day. Failure to do so may revoke future loan privilege.
  • Fees
    • Fees may include mileage to/from the Borrower for setup.
      • You may elect to pick up and return the exhibit to the Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, during Museum hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm. 
    • Damage to panels while they are in your custody will incur a fee for replacement, based on the cost of reproducing the damaged panels.
    • All fees are detailed in the loan agreement which will be discussed and provided after submission of the form below

To reserve an exhibition, complete and submit the below form. A member of our staff will be in touch in 2 to 3 business days to confirm details and availability.

Available Exhibitions

What Happened to Jonesville?

Jonesville was a vibrant African American community in Bowling Green from around 1881 to the 1960s. Although the buildings are gone and many of the people who lived there have passed on, their stories live on through former residents and their descendants. This exhibit explores and sheds light on their stories. Sponsored by the African Amerian Heritage Council/Kentucky Heritage Council.

Exhibit includes fifteen (15) retractable panels.

A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green

In the mid-1990s, a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina forced thousands of people into an unthinkable position: either leave their homes in a hurry, or face certain death.  For many, there was no time to plan; there was no time to pack.  But the most important parts of identity do not need a suitcase.  Alongside a few cherished objects, Bosnian refugees brought their traditional arts, customs, and language to Bowling Green during the late 1990s.  For these first families and others to follow, their traditions found fertile soil in the surprisingly similar food, music, and hospitality of South Central Kentucky. This exhibit tells the first-hand accounts of their experiences and showcases photographs of the objects and documents that they carried with them to Bowling Green.

Exhibit includes ten (10) retractable panels.


Basketmaking: Our Handmade Heritage

Funded by an NEA ArtWorks grant, these free-standing panels incorporate  images of basketmakers and their work with their life narratives to help contextualize this important local tradition for a wide audience.

Exhibit includes six (6) retractable panels.

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Developed by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service, these free-standing panels incorporate experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss the role that epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers, and citizens play in identifying and fighting infectious disease outbreaks across the globe. 

Exhibit inclues ten (10) retractable panels.

Request a Traveling Exhibit

Please describe your venue and intended use of the traveling exhibit, including security, estimated attendance, and any information helpful in evaluating your request.

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 Last Modified 6/9/23