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Capital City Museum, Frankfort

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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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  • Easy access. Parking free downtown. Lots of historical memorabilia including things from those that have gone on to be famous outside of Frankfort. ie Johnny Depp.  more »
  • We had a great visit at this museum. Friendly staff. It's a donation only museum. It has some really odd neat stuff. They also had a huge fishing reel exhibit. Lots of interesting items. I was surpris...  more »
  • Wow! I have been in a lot of history museums in my day, but none so small yet packed with so much! This little museum is centered around the history of Frankfort Kentucky. Frankfort may be known more ...  more »
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  • Free admission! Wheelchair/stroller accessible - elevator to reach the second floor exhibits. Excellent quality material and setup. Informative and enthusiastic staff. Quiet environment - Would not recommend for small children that love to run. Will return.
  • 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.
  • Had lot of good history stuff there
  • Outstanding! I would recommend it to all interested in the history of Frankfort and its people and, since Frankfort's the state capital, its history has implications for all in Kentucky. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10-4, free admission!
  • I really enjoyed it....the kids have fun too...

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