The Kentucky Museum is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and features an ever changing variety of both permanent and rotating exhibits that focus on collecting, and preserving Kentucky artifacts, and memorabilia.
The newest permanent exhibit to become a part of the Kentucky Museum is the “Recommended by Duncan Hines” exhibit that opened just this month. Duncan Hines was a Bowling Green native who went on to become an American icon known for his writing career, and later on as a pioneer in the world of packaged foods. The exhibit features eleven sections which feature his life and work.
“Happiness is a New Governor” is another exhibit currently on display at the museum, and will run until November 9, 2007, it features buttons, bumper stickers, pennants, official invitations, ribbons, and other memorabilia from past campaigns for both governor and lieutenant governor.
Another interesting exhibit underway at the museum is “Hascal Haile: Guitar-Maker to the Stars”. This display features the life of Monroe County native Hascal Haile, a musician who is well-known for the guitars he made for numerous classical artists and country music singers. He was a guest of President Jimmy Carter at the White House, and in 1980 the Smithsonian Institution accepted one of the guitars he made for its Hall of Musical Instruments.
Upcoming exhibits at the Kentucky Museum include “Slow Time: The Works of Charley, Noah, and Hazel Kinney” which will contain more than eighty works of art created by the talented folk artists, “Caves: A Fragile Wilderness”, and “The Father of Ragtime? Ernest Hogan of Bowling Green” which features the life and work of Ernest Hogan, a famous African American musician who is often referred to as the father of ragtime music.
The Kentucky Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. WKU students, faculty, and staff are admitted to the museum free of charge. Admission charges for other visitors are $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors (age sixty and over), $2.50 for children six to sixteen, and free for children under the age of six, families may pay a flat fee of $10 for admission. On Sundays, due to the reduced amount of operating hours, admission is half-price. Group tours of the museum are available with advanced notice, and may be scheduled through the museum’s office at (270) 745-2592.
For more information on the Kentucky Museum you may visit the museum’s website.