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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Loretto

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The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History is a museum in Bardstown, Kentucky that chronicles the history of American whiskey from Colonial days through the 1960s. Rare documents such as Abraham Lincoln's liquor license, advertising posters, prescriptions for the medicinal use of alcohol during National Prohibition, whiskey bottles, and other artifacts, including several moonshine stills, are all on display.

The museum is part of the American Whiskey Trail.

Spalding Hall, which houses the Getz Museum
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  • This place was storied in bourbon history and the docent was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was full of great stories!  more »
  • I really enjoyed the displays and memorabilia here. The exhibits on prohibition were particularly interesting, as were the displays of unusual bottles and decanters.  more »
  • A good place to go on a rainy day tucked away in Spalding Hall. The Bardstown Historical Museum is attached to it as an added bonus. You can see cool old bourbon bottles such as Jim Beam's Hatfield an...  more »
  • Very cool and huge collection of Whiskey memorabilia. Historic one of a kind pieces like Lincolns liquor license, tons of old decanters, photos from the 20s etc. Friendly staff are happy to show you around and point out interesting pieces. Don't forget to pickup a $5 decanter or two from their collection.
  • Many whiskey memorabilia items. Nice historical items too.
  • Small, but interesting walk through bourbon history.
  • Fascinating look at the history. Lovely way to spend an hour.
  • nice exhibits with old bottles etc