WESTERN KY (1/6/12) – Six museums have made the initial list of 31 unique attractions featured in the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism’s “There’s Only One” marketing campaign.
The department will be promoting these museums throughout 2012 and beyond. Now’s the time to make an excursion to experience these fascinating collections of Americana that are found only in Kentucky.
Cool winter months offer the perfect opportunity to explore the one-of-a-kind indoor displays at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.
The Muhammad Ali Center features the boxing champion’s extensive memorabilia, along with exhibits designed to inspire visitors to achieve their own fullest potential. At the National Corvette Museum, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of the sleek sports cars ranging from the first models of the early 1950s to the latest versions.
The IBMM includes the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame; a gallery devoted to Bill Monroe, father of bluegrass; a timeline of bluegrass music, and a collection of instruments used by the genre’s stalwarts.
The National Quilt Museum showcases about 12 changing exhibits throughout the year, with up to 150 quilts in traditional to contemporary styles displayed in three galleries. At the Slugger Museum, visitors learn the story of the family company that has been crafting the official bat of Major League Baseball for over a century. Hands-on exhibits, statues of MLB immortals and a tour of the factory round out the experience.
At the Kentucky Derby Museum, mount a simulated horse and race friends to the finish line, watch a 360-degree film of the most recent Derby and try your hand at calling a race.
Catch special presentations like the Corvette Museum’s “It’s a Nano World,” a child-oriented exhibit that focuses on the world that’s too small to be seen with just your eyes. It’s on view from mid-January to mid-April.
At the Ali Center, “IndiVisible: A Smithsonian Exhibit” will be on display from mid-January to mid-March. This exhibition explores the lives and experiences of people who share African-American and Native American ancestry.
There’s only one Kentucky, and these museums provide a starting place for discovering it.
Information provided by the KY Dept. of Travel and Tourism
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