International Bluegrass Music Museum & Hall of Fame

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117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303

The only international museum dedicated to celebrating and preserving the international history of bluegrass music. This facility is a state-of-the-art cultural center. It pays tribute to bluegrass pioneers and other legends, enlightening its public and inspiring its future. Located just down the road from the home-place of the "Father of Bluegrass," the museum features an exciting hands-on experience including interactive exhibits, live performances, art work, costumes, and films for people of all ages to discover the richness of this original Kentucky art form. Attend the museum's wide variety of tours, jam sessions, instrumental lessons, and concerts, including the three-day ROMP Festival featuring award-winning artists. The International Bluegrass Music Museum and Hall of Fame was honored with the Kentucky History Award and is highly rated by Trip Advisor as a "must see" for all bluegrass lovers.

Best of Owensboro: Hall of Fame

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Over 30 stars from Florence Henderson and Johnny Depp to Rex Chapman and Mark Higgs have been born and raised in the Owensboro, Daviess County and the surrounding region. The bluegrass, bourbon, and barbecue hub of western Kentucky are home to an impressive array of well-known celebrities from motorsports, movies, television, sports, music, and government.
The Hall of Fame is located in the Convention & Visitors Bureau, where visitors can freely browse to learn more about the accomplishments of its members.

Friday After 5

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101 Daviess St., Owensboro, KY, 42303

199 W Veterans Blvd, Owensboro, KY, 42303

A summer-long free concert series held every Friday on the vibrant riverfront in downtown Owensboro. Friday After 5 has been named one of the "Top Ten Summer Festivals" in Kentucky and recently won the Reader's Choice Platinum Award for "Best Community Event." The festival includes six different venues of free entertainment throughout the world-renowned Smothers Park. Live bands, family events, food trucks, shopping, entertainment, and the signature "Toast to the Sunset" ensures summer fun for everyone at Friday After 5.

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

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2840 W. Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY 42301

A world-famous restaurant and buffet with homemade sides, burgoo, and desserts, plus a full salad bar. What began as a thirty seat, roadside restaurant in 1963, is now a 350 seat dine-in or carry-out award-winning restaurant with an extensive catering department. Recognized by Food Network, USA Today, Southern Living, The LA Times, and KY Monthly Magazine as one of the top barbecue spots in the nation, Moonlite Bar-B-Q is one of Kentucky's most famous traditions.

Board Room with meeting space for 40 people.
Oak Room with seating space for 100 people

O.Z. Tyler Kentucky Bourbon Distillery

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10 Distillery Rd., Owensboro, KY 42301

Best known for patenting the world's first speed-accelerating process, O.Z. Tyler Kentucky Bourbon Distillery is an essential stop for bourbon enthusiasts. Recently opened to the public after an extensive renovation, you can visit the 26-acre O.Z. Tyler Distillery (formerly Charles Medley Distillers Kentucky) for a behind-the-scenes look at how Kentucky Bourbon is made. With an annual capacity exceeding 30,000 barrels of whiskey, a tour of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery covers every aspect of whiskey production, from grain, to mash, to barrel. After you’ve seen how whiskey is made, you’ll get to taste the end products—O.Z. Tyler Bourbon Whiskey, O.Z. Tyler Rye Whiskey, and O.Z. Tyler Honey Flavored Bourbon Whiskey.
Owensboro owes its rich bourbon history to its setting along a rail line and waterway, its tremendous limestone water source, extensive oak forests, and the hard work of local grain farmers. The location of the O.Z. Tyler® Distillery has been producing Bourbon Whiskey since 1885.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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901 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301

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.

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Carnegie Wing
Kentucky Spirit Gallery
Burlew Galleries
Gallery of Religious Art
20th Century Gallery
ARTLAND (Children’s Art Studio)

Owensboro Museum of Science & History

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122 E. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303

This large museum encompasses many adventures, including Encounter, a unique hands-on, minds-on gallery, a true "edu-tainment" experience. You will also have the opportunity to learn about government in the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center or Owensboro’s NASCAR connection with a cruise through the motorsports gallery, The Speedzeum.

The Coal Mine Gallery here visitors learn about the history and safety of coal mining in Western Kentucky, then get fitted for your "hard hat", then begin the journey down the coal mine elevator!

Admission is $3 adults/children, $10 family, and special group rates are available.

Many of the museum’s galleries are available for meeting and banquet space, including the Mammoth Lobby, the Wendell Ford Center, the D.A.R. Room, the Derby Room, the River Room and the PlayZeum.

Owensboro’s Sassafras Tree

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2100 block of Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

The largest known Sassafras tree in the world, approximately 300 years old, is located on one of the main streets of Owensboro. The tree measures over 100 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference. A few other sassafras trees are 60 feet or taller, but the average sassafras is 30 to 50 feet tall.

Smothers Park

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Veterans Boulevard, Owensboro, KY 42301

Smothers Park, named "Top Playground in the World," is the heart of the riverfront located in vibrant downtown Owensboro.
Three stunning fountains, a cascading waterfall, swinging metal benches, an open air pavilion, concession stand, clean restrooms, free wifi, and the world-renowned children’s park make this a must see attraction. The Charles Shelton Memorial, a monument to POW’s and MIA’s from all wars is located at the east end of the park. Lazy Dayz Children’s Playground and Spray Park is completely handicap-accessible and features state of the art material.

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

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25 Carter Road, Owensboro, KY 42301

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:

Garden Suite
Educational Classroom