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Headley-Whitney Museum

4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
+1 859-255-6653
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Quirky gem just outside of Lexington.

It's a bit of a drive from downtown Lexington but the charming rolling hills, picket fences and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jgbtravels
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Louisville, KY
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This is a little gem!

A bit off the beaten path, the drive out to this museum is lovely. The museum itself has only one... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
Kathryn L
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The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a noted jewelry designer from the twentieth century, the Museum houses pieces from Headley's impressive collection of jewelry and bibelots (small, decorative objects of beauty) in addition to an array of rotating exhibits and workshops. The property is also used for special events with many acres of unique and beautiful grounds to enjoy. Visit the Headley-Whitney Museum on your next trip to Kentucky and see why were are truly the Gem of the Bluegrass!
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4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510-9657
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a bit of a drive from downtown Lexington but the charming rolling hills, picket fences and horse farms along the way add to the charm. The museum itself isn't huge but interesting and unique. The seashell grotto is a hoot-in a good way. George...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

A bit off the beaten path, the drive out to this museum is lovely. The museum itself has only one small room of Headley jewels and bibelots, but those on display are fabulous! The current historical Photographic exhibit in a much larger space was also...More

Thank Kathryn L
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A small museum with amazing objects that you won't see anywhere else. Not your typical art museum but wonderful fascinating collections. A little out of the way but definitely worth the trip.

1  Thank lisafromny243
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is a small out of the way museum that we appreciated very much. Going to the museum from downtown Lexington provided views of many scenic horse farms. Collection includes jewelry, designs, and art of George W Headley, including small ornate jewelry pieces and bibelots....More

1  Thank owowoo
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The Headley Whitney Museum is a lovely small museum like no other. It is a must-see in Lexington. Great exhibits and events!

Thank IvanaHumphrey
Reviewed 14 November 2016

I had never been to this museum. They have a halloween egg hunt (yes halloween egg hunt :-). The grounds and museum were very nice.

Thank Wayne B
Reviewed 21 October 2016

You have to see it to believe. Exhibits change periodically but the Shell House stays the same and is most unique experience.

Thank Irene P
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This small but wonderful museum is one of a kind. It has collections of Mr. Headly's jewels, Mary Lou Whitney's fabulous doll house, featured art exhibits, a nice gift shop and classes for children.

1  Thank Leelex
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I thought I'd seen everything the town has to offer as I searched online for attractions in Lexington ( as I do whenever I accompany my husband on his business trips), but to my delight, three sites I hadn't noticed before came up: Boone Station,...More

1  Thank RebeccaOfMonfordKY
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Whether you are a Thoroughbred racing insider or just a casual fan, the special exhibit (through June 19) of 50 years of renowned photographer Tony Leonard is a must-see. In addition to unique pictures of famous horses like Secretariat, the collection is filled with photos...More

Thank Praline39588
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Betty W
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Response from Headley-Whitney M | Property representative |
The Shell Grotto is currently closed for restoration but is highly visible through the large windows. We are currently working on the restoration process. Senior admission is $8 and includes museum, shell grotto, and library... More
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