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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Kentucky thru the ages

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... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
Louisville, Ky
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Louisville, Ky
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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 97 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The fee was $4 for adults, that includes the museum, a guide(well informed) that takes you to the old capital building, and entrance into the Kentucky military history museum. All had air conditioning.

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a great museum for learning about Kentucky history and life in the past. There is something for everyone here.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Another treasure trove of history in Frankfort. The displays are well done, good for school age children.

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Columbus, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

As Tripadvisor doesn't seem to have a separate entry fo the Kentukcy Military History Museum, will just have to review it here! Actually, the Clark Center, Military History Museum, and old state house are bundled together as one attraction - your admission to one gets you all three. The Clark Center provides general history of Kentucky from 10,000 BC (earliest... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Parts of the museum are classically styled exhibits of artifacts with placards, but it is well done, updated, and educational. It took me 95 minutes to see. I am a museum buff who can usually polish off a small museum and get back on the road quickly but this was just too good to rush through. There are a wide... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Not a particularly imaginative museum. Traces the history of Kentucky in room settings and interactive exhibits. Worthwhile stop especially for children.

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