Exhibits

A New Beginning: Highlands Museum is 30!

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Emily Roush

New on the Mezzanine:

“A New Beginning: Highlands Museum is 30″ celebrates the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center’s birthday.  Come and learn about the Highlands’ rich 30 year history from our  beginning in the Mayo Mansion to our permanent home in the Parsons Department Store building.  This exhibit includes highlights from past exhibits as well as some of the Highlands’ most unique treasures including the oldest artifact in our collections and the Poage Family bible. Click Here to Read More

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

Joyce Williams Art Exhibit

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Emily Roush

Coming Soon to the Main Floor!

The Joyce Williams Art Exhibit

Joyce Williams’ original watercolor paintings will be on display starting September 4 in the Main Hall. Williams, an Ashland native and nationally renowned artist, had  solo exhibitions from Maine to Alaska and sold over 1000 works of art during her prolific career.  She was also the former director of the Hudson Valley Art Association and received lifetime status in the American Watercolor Society.  Before her death, she donated a portion of her collection to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center for display, sale, and as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Click Here to Read More

The Great Depression: Looking Back 85 Years

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Christy Martin

Located in the Mezzanine, “The Great Depression: Looking Back 85 Years” revisits one of the darkest times in the nation’s history.  This exhibit features the fashion, entertainment, and home life during the Great Depression and includes many photographs and newspaper clippings of Ashland in the 1920s and 1930s. Click Here to Read More

D-Day: 70 Years Later

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Christy Martin

D-Day: 70 Years Later is an exhibit that commemorates the milestone anniversary of the invasion of Axis Europe by the Allies in June 1944. The exhibit, featuring various photos from both home and abroad, shares the story of some of the men and women from the Ashland area that took part in the conflict. Click Here to Read More

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

Exhibit Etiquette

Posted on December 22, 2011 by Kathryn

At the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, we have a few rules that are put in place to keep our visitors and exhibits safe. We need your help to make sure the objects on display are around for many more visitors!

Eating and drinking is only allowed in certain areas. Click Here to Read More

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

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