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Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History

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Address: 100 W Broadway St, Frankfort, KY 40601-1931
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+1 502-564-1792
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Kentucky Historical Society is the place to turn for anything related...

The Kentucky Historical Society is the place to turn for anything related to Kentucky history. Our history campus in historic downtown Frankfort includes the premier library for Kentucky genealogy research, interactive exhibits that tell Kentucky's stories from prehistoric to current times, educational activities for all ages and more.

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A good place to browse and learn about Kentucky history.

It's not a large museum but does cover a lot about Kentucky's history. There is a research library on the second where you can research your Kentucky ancestors. Down the street is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Louisville, KY
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Louisville, KY
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506 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not a large museum but does cover a lot about Kentucky's history. There is a research library on the second where you can research your Kentucky ancestors. Down the street is the Old State Capital plus the Old Capital Museum is across the street. If you are a Kentucky native the $30 yearly membership is a deal. They are... More 

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Vine Grove, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Looking for something to do on a cold dreary day? this is it. If you enjoy history, this is a great place. being from Ky all of my life i really enjoyed it. Just so much to see. farming, coal mining, politics, religion, great depression, civil war, .There was even a large model train exhibit in the main hall. $4.00... More 

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Burns, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was suggested to us by the gentlemen in the military museum down the street. $4 admission gets you into 3 sites....this one, the military museum and the old capitol building . Best bargain around. Their displays are very well done and comprehensive. For families with munchkins there are scores of interactive exhibits that will keep them engaged. Just a... More 

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

When we arrived we weren't sure what to expect, but I can say our family was quite surprised! The admission price for us to go in was quite reasonable. The information you will read may surprise you about the history of Kentucky. It was cool how interactive the exhibits were. The only complaint our family had was that since it... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Kentucky history at its best is found here. This is a self guided experience so you can take as much time as you like or as little. But somehow you get caught up in your travel through time and enjoy every minute of it learning as you go.

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I was going through town and saw this and stopped. Well worthwhile. $4 to get. The exhibits start with information from thousands of years ago and goes up to present. very interesting exhibits, with items and facts from the time. Be sure to go to the hall of governors and see painted plus a brief historical bio of each governor... More 

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Louisville, Ky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We visited and spent 3 hours. Tracing Kentucky history primarily from colonial time forward. There were good exhibits about the settlement of Kentucky, crops, bourbon, the depression, coal mining, the civil war, slavery, Kentucky industry and music. There are holes but cannot be avoided given Kentucky's varied and interesting history. There was an additional exhibit of attic finds. The museum... More 

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Rock, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We was in Kentucky at Shriner's for children. We decide to go to Frankfort to see this center. We was not let down, the staff of the center was great. There was a gentleman that gave us a tour of the Old State Capital, he was great. I can not remember his name, but he was a volunteer. He knows... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Our schedule did not allow for a proper visit. I am including this review because even though I could stay as long as I wanted to - I can report it is a must visit, well done, and I will be back on my next visit. I did not appreciate this in my schedule planning - don't make the mistake... More 

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Thank JeffBreedlove
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Huge with tons of KY artifacts and lots of stuff to look at, great for kids and adults! Simply incredible views and awesome to look at!

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