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Capital City Museum, Frankfort

(4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
The Capital City Museum is located in two, adjacent buildings in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. The former Gayle Drug Store houses the main exhibit gallery on its first floor with offices, library, and some exhibit space on the second floor. Interconnected next door is what remains of the 1850 Capital Hotel, once an imposing, neoclassical stone structure - much reduced by a major fire in 1917. The former hotel rooms and hallways contain restrooms, a workshop, and additional exhibit and office space. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ratliff donated these buildings to the City of Frankfort for use as a local history museum.
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  • This is right across the street from the Kentucky Historical Society and free. Sure, they have a donation box there for those who would like to help out. It should only take 30 minutes or so to look a...  more »
  • A small two story museum highlighting the people and history of Frankfort. A nice way to spend 30-60 minutes.  more »
  • First, it's free. Second, parking is conveniently located next to the museum. Third, there's two floors of artifacts related to Kentucky history. The staff is very informative and friendly. Also, you ...  more »
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  • This is a great little place to walk through when you are in the historic downtown Frankfort area. It's free to walk through and has a lot of local history. Perfect for kids too because it's fairly small and you can be in and out in 10 to 30 minutes if you want. They offer various themed walking tours around the area as well for a small fee. A tour guide will walk around with a group pointing out interesting historical facts and stories. Very nice staff as well.
  • An amazing museum. But you must!!! wear knee pads if you intend to go through the tunnels.
  • For being a small history museum in a smaller town, this museum is very nice. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly!
  • Terry Buckner with Bluegrass coumminty living spent the day there, they loved it