Permanent Exhibits

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Frank and Margaret Adkins Aviation Exhibit

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Emily Roush

The Frank and Margaret Adkins Aviation Exhibit has been renovated and reopened!

Come to the Discovery Center and check out a Smyth Sidewinder plane built in 1990 by Marvin Warner in his Russell, KY home. Also on display is a model of the quadruplane flown by Matthew Bacon Sellers in 1908. Click Here to Read More

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Early Kentucky

Posted on December 5, 2012 by bob

Early Kentucky highlights Native American cultures and the first white explorers to enter the Kentucky landscape.

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Digging Deeper

Posted on September 4, 2012 by bob

Update: This interactive exhibit is now open in its new location in the Discovery Center. The exhibit has been rebuilt as an extension of the Discovery Cavern, and continues to offer children a hands-on experience in archaeological excavation and discovery. Click Here to Read More

Country Music Heritage Hall Entrance

Country Music Heritage Hall

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Kathryn

This exhibit showcases twelve local musicians whose careers have brought national acclaim.  See Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray alongside other stars such as Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn , the Judds and more!  Stop by our Music Quilt and compose your own song, or visit the latest addition to the hall “Country Music on Televsion” which features music stars that have their own show. Click Here to Read More

School Daze

School Daze

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Kathryn

Step back in time and visit a one room 19th century schoolhouse.  A time when there was one teacher, and all grades learned together in a single classroom.  Dress in clothes of the era and become a student or teacher of the 1870s. Click Here to Read More

C.I. Haeberle Medical Exhibit

C.I. Haeberle Medical Exhibit

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Kathryn

Step into a world where late night house calls were made on horseback and payment was in chickens and produce.  Here you can examine centuries old medical equipment, see the ads and products from drugstores from the area, weigh yourself the way the doctors do and learn how to tie your arm in a sling. Click Here to Read More

William E. Martin Military Exhibit

William E. Martin Military Exhibit

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Kathryn

William E. Martin Military Exhibit Video

The William E. Martin Military Exhibit takes a look into what life was like for both the men off at war as well as those that served in support of World War II on the Home Front. Click Here to Read More
Aqua Zone

Aqua Zone

Posted on January 21, 2011 by Kathryn

This exhibit includes a 210 gallon fish tank, provided and maintained by Bert’s Pet Center.  The tank houses fish that are native to the Ohio River including the Rock Bass, Spotted Sucker, Green and Red Sunfish among many more!  The fish were provided by the Northeastern Kentucky Fish & Game Association.  Children can also participate in color patterns, games, and water table activities.  Guests will have the opportunity to learn about ocean life as well as ocean coral.  More additions are planned for this exhibit in the near future, so make sure you keep checking back for updates!  Sponsored by Ladies of the Highlands. Click Here to Read More

The Legacy of Jean Thomas

The Legacy of Jean Thomas

Posted on January 21, 2011 by Kathryn

Long before the Country Music Highway was created to honor Kentucky-born country music stars, Jean Thomas created a venue to give mountain musicians an opportunity to be heard.  Although not the first to recognize the value of preserving Appalachian ballads, she was the first to value not only the songs, but the native born musicians who played and sang them.  Her founding of the American Folk Song Festival in 1932 brought national attention to the folk musicians of eastern Kentucky. Click Here to Read More

Discovery Cavern

Discovery Cavern

Posted on January 21, 2011 by Kathryn

Youth and adults can leave the river and explore a cave!  Discovery Cavern is a walk-through, crawl through cave where bats fly and rock formations stand tall.  Discover the impact that people have had on caves from prehistory to modern day usage and decipher the rock art that ancient peoples left behind.  Sponsored by:  Duke Energy, Wal-Mart, Sunoco, The Putnam Agency, Liebert Corporation, DTR, Inc. Click Here to Read More