117 Daviess Street
IBMM is the only international museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history, collections, and artifacts of bluegrass music – an exciting, original American art form with its genesis in Kentucky. This facility is a state-of-the-art cultural center, paying tribute to the bluegrass pioneers and other legends, enlightening its public and inspiring its future. IBMM is committed to being a Living Museum and serves as the base of operations for numerous arts projects augmenting the public’s awareness, acceptance, and love for this original Kentucky art form. They provide an exciting hands-on museum experience complete with live music and clogging for larger tours. Visit exhibits showcasing photos from the earliest bluegrass music festivals of this nation, and works of art inspired by the folklore traditions and beauty of our music. The museum offers many varied tours.
901 Frederica Street
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art presents traveling exhibitions from major museums, galleries and private collections and rotating exhibitions from the permanent collection. The facility includes two structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites: the 1909 Carnegie Library and the John Hampden Smith House, a pre-Civil War era mansion which serves as a decorative arts wing. The permanent collection features American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present; a stained glass gallery of late 19th and early 20th century German stained glass windows; a collection of contemporary studio art glass; a major collection of American Folk Art with emphasis on the works of 20th century Appalachian artists and craftsmen; and a collection of works by artists and craftsmen with Kentucky connections from the early 1800′s to the present.
The Museum Art Market offers works for sale by regional artists and craftsmen.
An interactive art studio and special galleries offer hands-on educational activities for children.
The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has three wings containing 14 galleries. Additional amenities include guided museum tours, special presentations of various works of art, event photography, thematic music, and entertainment and catering assistance. For more information, contact Jason Hayden.
Various locations around Owensboro
The Owensboro Public Art Commission was established in 2002 to commission pieces of art for display around the community to promote the appreciation of visual art. To date, there are seven sculptures on display.
412 E. 2nd Street
Open Tue-Sat 10 am-5:30 pm
25 Carter Road
With ten established gardens – Butterfly, Rose, Daylily, Iris, Herb, the Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden, Luettgen Ericaceous, Ornamental Grass, Children’s Garden, and Fruit & Berry, - the garden is becoming a center for the growth and display of hundreds of outstanding plant selections as well as a beautiful location for social gatherings. Appreciate the wonders of the environment and learn to interact with nature. Special seasonal activities are enjoyed each year.
Meeting space and catering are available. Groups are welcome.
You can rent the entire Garden or any part for receptions, weddings, dinners, luncheons, meetings, reunions, parties, fundraisers and retreats. Additional amenities include catering service and the beauty of the Garden itself. For more information, contact Susie Tyler.
Spaces available include: