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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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This museum covers everything about the state - from pre civilization up to present day Kentucky. It is thorough and very comprehensive. They did not shy away from some of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 May 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This museum covers everything about the state - from pre civilization up to present day Kentucky. It is thorough and very comprehensive. They did not shy away from some of the uglier sides of our nation's history (slavery and the KKK). A wonderful mix of placards, storyboards, exhibits, music, and personal stories kept things interesting. This museum is handicapped accessible.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Very comprehensive displays of history and how life has changed over the decades. Great place to research genealogy and many interesting events and special displays during the year. Has a gift shop as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We had a wonderful afternoon exploring this museum. I had no idea what to expect but this center devoted to the history of Kentucky rivaled a similar museum we visited in Waterford, Ireland. Incredible exhibits from the dawn of Kentucky history through the era of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and up through modern times. Many interesting... More 

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Lebanon, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

I recently attended a day long meeting at the Center. Their meeting space is just the right size and the available daylight helped brighten a wintry day. The conference chairs are more comfortable than most and the spacious facility made for room to have separate meal space as well as a lecture hall. Breaks were spent roaming the halls of... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

We thought we would be spending an hour or 2 here but ended up spending around 3 hours and then the 2 hrs on the Old State Capital tour down the street ! Definitely a "day trip" and one you will enjoy if you like history.

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Skaneateles, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

This facility is EXCELLENT! We visited here to do ancestry research and to learn more about Kentucky history. The library staff was VERY helpful and the archives are amazing. There are files, books and public use computers to research. We were successful in our hunt. This is worth a whole day visit. It's something the State of Kentucky should be... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Fascinating! This is truly a wonderful place to visit and see up close some of Kentucky's heritage! Enjoyable for all ages and interests.

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Adamstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

We stumbled on this museum around 630pm on a Thursday and found out that on Thursday's it stayed open until 8pm. So we spent the next 90 minutes with the place almost all to ourselves. Having never been to Kentucky both my wife and i thought it was fantastic.

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015

Inside the Historical Center is a mecca for genealogists: the Schmidt Genealogy Library. Well organized with a large collection of books, manuscripts, family histories. They also have internet availability, microfilm, & several librarians available. This library rivals the Sutro in SF for completeness.

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Frankfort
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

A great museum to tour and afterward you can go and do some family genealogy if you had Kentuckians in your tree!

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