A little bit about us

The Lexington History Museum was incorporated in 2000 and, through a partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, opened in the former Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington in October 2003. As we are a 501 (c)3 Not for Profit organization, and thanks to the generosity of our patrons and members, we are Lexington’s only free historic site.

A view of the Fayette County Courthouse in 1920.

A view of the Fayette County Courthouse in 1920.

Our exhibits cover a broad range of Lexington history, including Abraham Lincoln and his family, the Keeneland racetrack, a photo gallery of African-American life in the city from 1860 through the 1950s, and much more.

Our own Debra Watkins doing a Chautauqua performance of Civil War letters and diaries.

Our own Debra Watkins doing a Chautauqua performance of Civil War letters and diaries.

We also offer programs and events for the public to attend, free of charge, to learn more about Lexington’s fascinating history. “An Evening with Our History” featured such presentations as A Civil War Christmas, in which guests were treated to several interesting stories from both Union and Confederate soldiers during Christmastime – including a massive snowball fight with thousands of participants.
Schools are always welcome to take fieldtrips to the Lexington History Museum, and we are always happy to go visit them as well! Our Traveling Trunks are full of lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, CDs, DVDs, books, and hands-on artifacts, and focus on three different themes: the state of Kentucky, Kentucky during the Civil War, and Native Americans in Kentucky. Children are also invited to attend “Play Date with History”, a monthly program that allows children to learn about their state by handling historical items and creating their own “artifacts” to take home. There is also a Young Historians Club, open for students grade 5-8 who are interested in history.

A teacher talking with students in the In Black and White exhibit.

A teacher talking with students in the In Black and White exhibit.

As you can see, we’re quite a busy and energetic museum! If you are interested in joining as a member or as a volunteer, or just want to come check us out for yourself, our doors are open!

Hope to see you soon!

Hope to see you soon!

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