The Best Museums In Lexington, Kentucky

Photo of Nina Ariana
9 February 2017

In order to enjoy the rich history of Lexington, Kentucky, visitors should definitely check out the city’s museums that provide its visitors with ample knowledge and insight into Lexington’s past and present. Read on to find our top five picks.

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is a 20,000 square foot display room, located in the Blue Grass Airport of Lexington. The museum is a great place to learn about, not only the history of the city or state, but of the nation and the history of airplanes. In addition to the display room, the museum has a workshop for restoration projects as well as a library and gift shop. The airplanes that are on display are both antiques and modern aircrafts.

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

4029 Airport Road, KY, USA, +1 859 231 1219

The Hunt-Morgan House

Located in the historic Gratz Park neighborhood of Lexington, The Hunt-Morgan House is a stunning example of 19th century antebellum-era architecture. The house was built in 1814 and contains many architectural features that were integral to the time period, as well as an impeccably preserved collection of 19th century furniture. Visitors can take a guided tour, or wander at their own pace.

Opening hours: 8.30am-5pm

253 Market Street, KY, USA, +1 859 252 0362

The Headley-Whitney Museum

The Headley-Whitney Museum was founded in 1968 by a husband and wife, a team of jewellery designers, and boasts an amazing collection of pieces, including jewellery and dollhouses. There is a rose garden and library for visitors to view, as well as a gift shop and workshops to help visitors understand the history of the collections. Exhibitions rotate every year.

Opening hours: 10am-5pm

4435 Old Frankfort Pike, KY, USA, +1 859 255 6653

The American Saddlebred Museum

The American Saddlebred Museum features a large and impressive collection of saddlebred artefacts. It is located within the grounds of the beautiful Kentucky horse park. There are year round exhibits, educational workshops, and plenty of activities to keep visitors amused and engaged in the history of the saddlebred and what the saddlebred means for Kentucky, and for the country.

Opening hours: 9am-5pm

4083 Iron Works Parkway, KY, USA, +1 859 259 276

The Mary Todd Lincoln House

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is a must-see for any American history lovers who finds themselves in Lexington. Steeped in details about the wife of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, the house is a great example of early 19th century architecture, as well as a reminder of the city’s past role in the civil war. Tours are available if you’d like to be guided through the history in each room.

Opening hours: 10am-3pm

578 West Main Street, Lexington, KY, USA, +1 859 233 9999

By Nina Ariana

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