Lexington Museums and Art Galleries

(Lexington, Kentucky - KY, USA)

The many museums of Lexington have become one of the area's major draw cards and celebrate the history of this part of Kentucky. With a rich historical background, both the Lexington History Museum and the Headley-Whitney are sure to satisfy thirsty minds.

Also popular in Lexington is the American Saddlebred Museum, which is dedicated to Kentucky's famous native breed of horse and is known for its award-winning theater, extensive library, equestrian paintings and annual charity auction. For art lovers looking for some serious pieces, the University of Kentucky Art Museum comes highly recommended and is home to many American works of art by acclaimed artists such as Alexander Calder, Sam Gilliam, Louise Berliawsky Nevelson and Gilbert Charles Stuart.

Ashland, the Henry Clay Museum

Address: 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40502, USA
Tel: +1 859 266 8581
Residence to 19th-century statesman Henry Clay, Ashland is situated near downtown Lexington on a stunning 20-acre / 8-hectare property, between the University of Kentucky and the Idle Hour Country Club. The grounds are open to all and may be visited at any time. However, the walled garden is locked at 17:00 each day.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge, discounts for children, children under five free

University of Kentucky Art Museum

Address: 405 Rose Street / Euclid Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40506-0241, USA
Tel: +1 859 257 5716
Lexington's premier art gallery, the University of Kentucky Art Museum is situated within the Singletary Center for the Arts and is home to many important pieces of art, including collections of historical Native American art works together with more contemporary paintings.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00, Friday - 12:00 top 20:00
Admission: charge, membership available

Headley Whitney Museum

Address: 4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40510, USA
Tel: +1 859 255 6653
Founded in 1968 by jewelry designer and artist George Headley, Lexington's Headley Whitney Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum featuring a wide collection of rare art objects. Antique carvings, rare rubies, diamonds and gold are scattered throughout the building. Workshops are always available at the museum, ranging from adult workshops to those suitable for young children and families.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00-17:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discounts for students, children under five free

American Saddlebred Museum

Address: 4093 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40511, USA
Tel: +1 859 259 2746
Situated on the grounds of Kentucky Horse Park is a privately-owned museum showcasing American Saddlebred, Kentucky's native breed of horse. Exhibits include photographs, ribbons, various memorabilia, art work and ribbons from all around Bourbon County.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors and children, children under six free


Address: 161 North Mill Street Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40507, USA
Tel: +1 859 255 2951
The LexArts is a center which caters to all forms of arts. A spacious art gallery displays Kentucky artists' works, while there are sites set up for local performances by musicians and dancers. The center provides a large array of services and programs designed to help people adapt art into their lives. Dynamic Doors, Gallery Hop, ArtScene and Weekend for the Arts are just a few of the courses available at the center. With two facilities in downtown Lexington, there are spaces for performances, galleries and rehearsals.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 16:30, Saturday - 10:00 to 14:00
Admission: free

Lexington History Museum

Address: 215 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky KY, 40507, USA
Tel: +1 859 254 0530
Housed in the historic Old Fayette County Courthouse, which dates back to 1899, the Lexington History Museum celebrates the rich and interesting heritage of the Bluegrass area. Exhibits are displayed in four spacious galleries and often include a number of seasonal, temporary displays.
Open hours: Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday, Monday and Friday - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: free