Check out the museum!
BCPL card holders can now use that powerful piece of plastic to visit the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center – free of charge.
We recently added family museum memberships to the extensive list of items that cardholders can check out. The family pass (a $75 value) can be checked out for 21 days, just like a book, and can be renewed one time.
It’s a great way to explore the wonderful museum, located at 1620 Winchester Ave., just a couple blocks away from the Main Branch.
It’s actually two great venues in one. The Highlands Museum features displays on our region’s past. Step into a 19th century school room, or enter a medical world where house calls were made on horseback and payment was in chickens. Immerse yourself in the culture of Eastern Kentucky music, and even create your own music in the Karaoke Korner. Salute those who served during the wars of the 20th century, and see Hitler’s last telephone.
The Discovery Center includes many areas of interactive exploration. There’s a special place for toddlers, and a flight simulation for pilots of all ages. Walk into the Ohio River town of Poage’s Landing and navigate Little Joe, an actual towboat. Learn about the natural world in the tree house exhibit. Rest a while on the front porch while you enjoy games or puzzles.
There are also many revolving exhibits that showcase sports, regional art, textiles and quilts. Current special exhibits include “Votes for Women: From Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment,” a look at the history of the suffrage movement, from the 1840s to 1920; and “The Victorian Era: The Queen’s Way,” a display of women’s gowns and accessories worn from 1837 through 1900.
The museum has been around since 1984, when it was organized as the Kentucky Highlands Museum, and housed in the historical Mayo Mansion on Bath Avenue. In 1994, it took up residence in the former C.H. Parsons Department store (its current home), occupying the basement, first floor and mezzanine levels.
The museum’s capital campaign in 2003-04 helped fund upgrades and renovations to the building in 2005. Today, the museum continues to work on renovations to the mezzanine spaces.
In 2012, the boards of Boyd County Public Library and the museum signed a partnership agreement, designed to take advantage of the resources of both organizations, and to make the community more aware of all the great services the two groups provide.
Providing family passes for BCPL patrons to check out is just one of the ways we are partnering with the museum. We also use the Winchester Avenue windows to display library programs and services, and hold some library programs in the museum.
We will be having our annual Community Fair at the museum on Saturday, April 13, and will also be holding some special programs there in conjunction with our 2013 summer reading program: Dig Into Reading.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The phone number there is 606.329.8888. To find out more, click here.