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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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First time visitors to Frankfort

Since we had never been to Frankfort, we decided this would be the best place to start. Walked in, and the lady at the desk was really helpful, and explained that the $8 admission... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Marion, Indiana
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Marion, Indiana
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Since we had never been to Frankfort, we decided this would be the best place to start. Walked in, and the lady at the desk was really helpful, and explained that the $8 admission charge would get us in the Clark Center, the Old Capitol tour and the military museum - for $8, we thought that was a great deal.... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Center is a wonderful place to stop and visit if you are interested in Kentucky history in particular, and history in general. My son, wife, and I stopped on our way home from a UK visit and loved it. This was not our first visit to the Center and it will not be our last. We especially like the... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

"I hope God is on my side, but I must have Kentucky." The Kentucky History Center is a wonderful museum created by Kentuckian's for Kentuckian's. Bring your family, or bring your friends! It is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids. There are many signs pointing the way so you won't get lost. Parking is across the street and free.... More 

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Louisville, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 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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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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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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15 attraction reviews
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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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163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 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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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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