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William Clark Market House Museum

121 Market House Sq, Market House Square, Paducah, KY 42001-0789
+1 270-443-7759
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Amazing history in this downtown museum.

The space is lovely, the staff are full of information and stories of Paducah, The woodwork in the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Antioch, Illinois
Take a walk through history

This is a great little find and a way to get to know the history of Paducah. It's reasonably priced... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Lisa S
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This wonderful Museum, Paducah's oldest and ONLY general history Museum, is housed in the block long 1905 Market House in the center of Paducah's historic downtown area. The Museum houses some of the finest and most unusual artifacts in the area, which illustrate Paducah's rich cultural and historic heritage. Explore a time line beginning with Native American residents, through Paducah's founding by famous explorer William Clark in 1827, and view the original hand drawn town maps and land grants signed by Clark. A superb, colorful Old Paris wedding vase, given as a wedding present to Clark by the Marquis deLafayette, is also on display. Also experience the magnificence of the complete DuBois Robertson Drug Store golden oak woodwork interior... a hand carved masterpiece from 1877...and gaze through the colorful panes of the original stained glass windows. On permanent display is the town's first motorized fire truck (a 1913 LaFrance!) Experience an extensive Civil War display including furniture used by the Lincoln's, as well as Generals US Grant and Lew Wallace while they were in Paducah (Wallace was of Ben Hur fame.) A very special quilt made by Mrs Robert E Lee is also on display. A Kentucky Orphan's reunion ribbon insignia display is always a favorite, as well as elaborate hoop skirt dresses, beautiful rosewood furniture and a stately antique lamp with pigeon's blood shade, once owned by Paducahan John T Scopes' grandmother (of the Scopes Monkey Trial fame.) A 'Kentucky Headline' exhibit depicts the sad plight of Floyd Collins, who was tragically trapped and died in a cave. The story caught the breathless attention of the nation in 1925. Our 'Hall of Heroes', designed in 2013, honors Paducah firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel. Newly opened in 2014 is the Alben W. Barkley Memorial Room, honoring the Paducah area native who was 35th Vice President under Harry S. Truman. The exhibit is in a separate room, and devoted entirely to personal artifacts and belongings of Barkley, including his 1898 'surrey with the fringe on top', his inaugural tophat, as well as lovely, century old furniture from the home in Paducah, called 'ANGLES'. The first ever Vice Presidential flag and items from his Paducah law office and Washington political career are also on display. The Museum prides itself on now being Paducah's Barkley destination! A small but tastefully stocked gift shop is on premises and carries items of educational content, books, puzzles, etc., as well as ephemera and souvenirs. PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is sometimes closed on major holiday Saturdays, so please call ahead for verification. The facility closes for the winter season Dec 15th and reopens the first Saturday in March. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, CST.
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121 Market House Sq, Market House Square, Paducah, KY 42001-0789
+1 270-443-7759
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

The space is lovely, the staff are full of information and stories of Paducah, The woodwork in the 2 story building is something to see. We really enjoyed the video outlining the horrible flooding they experienced and rebuilt the town to be safe and bustling...More

1  Thank Stilsam
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great little find and a way to get to know the history of Paducah. It's reasonably priced and takes about an hour to walk through the whole place. My only complaint is that an audio tour would help break up all of...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This little museum really was a treasure. The woodwork or the pharmacy is amazing. We really enjoyed the civil war history room and the Allen Barkley Memorial Exhibit.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Based on the name of the museum, I thought I would be learning about William Clark's contributions to the area as well as seeing some of Paducah's history Instead, I quickly realized the name is simply the name of the building. (When William Clark platted...More

2  Thank reviewerG1826JF
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This museum was a great find. It is a fairly quick trip, but worth a visit. The museum is filled with interesting local memorabilia and historical items. We really enjoyed the monthly scavenger hunt and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a...More

Thank RoadTrip60076
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We lucked into driving through Paducah on opening day of the 2017 season. We did a fun scavenger hunt. Loved the full scale pharmacy and the fact it's in a meat market. Very cool.

Thank ahcanupp
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I was there on a Sunday morning before it was open but was worth the visit just to see the long building the museum is housed in and enjoy the external areas, hope to return when it is open one day.

Thank Yorkie1948
Reviewed 15 November 2016

You can easily spend a couple hours here. There's history going all the way back to the local Native Americans and Chief Paducah, for whom William Clark named the town. The Civil War history is particularly interesting, as the town was deeply divided in their...More

Thank RushCubFan
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must for architecture lovers. I loved reading all the information about locals and learning the history of the market house. I was amazed it was moved piece by piece and the stain glass windows were found later and retrieved minutes before they...More

Thank Rita D
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Really enjoyed this bit of southern history...guide was knowledgeable and house and exhibits were wonderful

Thank lindakerr8
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