Press Release from the President:
LEXINGTON, KY — The Lexington History Museum will be open every day of Spring Break for Fayette County Public Schools, March 30-April 3, Noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is located downtown at 215 W. Main St. For information, call 859-254-0530 or visit the website at http://www.LexingtonHistoryMuseum.org.
“Because of the current economy, many parents are looking for Spring Break activities closer to home,” observed Jamie Millard, Museum President & CEO. “With the Museum’s goal of increasing visits of families with children — and our free admission policy — this is a perfect time to schedule a visit.”
Current exhibits include the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial “Lincoln and His Wife’s Hometown” exhibit, the ancillary “Window on the War: The Frances Peter Diary”, an overview of “Lexington: Athens of the West”, “Black & White: A Photographic Perspective” of Lexington’s African-American community up through Civil Rights, and “The Keeneland Legacy” story of the area’s horse racing history.
The Museum normally operates Friday-Monday, Noon-4 p.m., opening early Saturdays at 10 a.m. This means the Museum will be open every day from Friday, March 27, through Monday, April 6.
The Museum first experimented with remaining open seven days a week during the 2008 Summer Vacation period, and saw its “families-with-children” category grow to 32% of the total visitors. The Museum was also open seven days a week over the 2008 Christmas Holiday Vacation.
In February 2009, families-with-children grew to 48% of total visitors. That growth has been spurred by the Museum’s proprietary Play Date with History® learning concept that includes a hands-on play area in major exhibits. In addition, the Museum also has a Play Date with History room with unsupervised craft activities that relate to local history and culture.
The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.