Lexington History Museum Sees One-Third Visitor Increase

LEXINGTON, KY. — The Lexington History Museum experienced an increase in visitors over the prior year by just over 34%. During the 12 months ending May 31, 2009, the Museum had 9,595 visitors, versus 7,141 during the year that ended in May 2008. “We attribute this remarkable increase in visitors to several factors,” observed Jamie Millard, president and chief executive officer. “First and foremost is our active marketing to families with children. Our ‘Play Date with History’® concept has been an engine driving increased visitors since December 2007. “A second factor has been the decision to open seven days a week during school vacation periods,” he continued. “That, of course, goes part and parcel with marketing to families.” Millard further noted that a succession of new exhibits, coupled with audio-visual components, have enhanced the visitor experience and encourage repeat visits. The Museum is planning a “Hands-On History”TM Summer Day Camp, June 29-July 17, to reach more families. On Thursday, June 18, the Museum will hold its first major fundraising event — “Belle’s Birthday Ball” — from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For information on Museum programs and events, call 859-254-0530, or click http://www.lexingtonhistorymuseum.org/news/index.php.

The Lexington History Museum is open daily, Noon-4 p.m.; open early Saturdays at 10 a.m. Admission is free. The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.

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