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Telling the big story of Kentucky’s small-town capital city


The Museum

In November of 2004, the Capital City Museum opened its doors to the public. Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is  two stories filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years.

The Capital City Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday
Admission to the museum is free.

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Fort Hill

The Leslie Morris Park atop Fort Hill features two Civil War forts, the Sullivan House interpretive center, a picnic pavilion, a scenic downtown Frankfort overlook and several hiking trails.

The park is open to vehicular traffic from dawn to dusk, year-round. The visitor’s center at The Sullivan House is open from 11:00 – 5:00 Memorial Day to October 31.

Free guided tours are available Monday- Saturday from Memorial Day through October 31.

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Capital City Museum joins the the "History Relevance" campaign spearheaded by the American Association of State and Local History - Watch the Video to learn more.

On exhibit at The Museum

fishing reels

Frankfort has a very unique place in history as being the town where the bait casting fishing reel was perfected and first produced. Every place has its historic event or figure, but only we have this distinction. It was a Frankfort industry for over 100 years. Local craftsmen handmade these gems to fish the renowned streams of central Kentucky. Their reputation for quality and beauty was recognized around the world.

The Capital City Museum is opening an exhibition of a selection of these jewels from a variety of local makers, both from private collections and our own. The most recent addition to the exhibit now includes “the most amous fishing reel in American history”. Visit us to find out why.

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 Frankfort Faces

Downtown Frankfort Incorporated discussed replacing the seasonal banners around downtown with something that better reflected the history and identity of the city. Their idea for “Frankfort Faces” was presented to the staff and governing board of the Capital City Museum, who enthusiastically supported the idea and funded the project. Twenty-five historic and currently living figures with Frankfort connections were selected.

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