Sunday, February 19, 2012

Capital City Museum Frankfort, Kentucky

We went to the Capital City Museum. Housed in the former Capital Hotel, which dates to the 1850s, the Capital City Museum presents the story of Frankfort, from the founding of the town on the Kentucky River to its successful bid to become the state capital to its currant state.  Photos, artifacts, and life size dioramas make the history accessible and interesting. There is a scale model of Kentucky's Capital that helps the museum tell about Frankfort's rich political history. The museum also has a large collection of Kentucky political memorabilia. One of the museum's major exhibits shows off products made in Frankfort over the last 200 years. There is a inlaid table and three chairs that were made around a century ago in the Kentucky State Penitentiary. The prison was on important part of the Frankfort scene in 1937. Over those decades, a great variety of products were manufactured and sold to the public by the prison workshops.
You can also learn and see photos of where some of the stars that are from Kentucky use to live. My all time favorite actor is from Kentucky ( Johnny Depp ) so you can guess how excited I was to see photos of his house and read about where he grew up.
 The museum is located at 325 Ann Street downtown- directly across Broadway from the Kentucky History Center.

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