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Lexington History Museum opens the doors to its new home on Saturday

Lexington History Museum

The Lexington History Museum will be ushering visitors into its new physical space for the first time in more than a decade this weekend.

The museum was formed in 1998 under former Mayor Pam Miller in the old Courthouse, but has gone without a physical space in recent years.

Executive Director Mandy Higgins says the new museum in the Thomas Hunt Morgan House is meant to serve as a far-reaching introduction to Lexington history and a springboard for more exploration for those who find aspects of that history particularly compelling.

"We are really excited to be a place for all of Lexington, to see Lexington's story from before Europeans came into this area through the 21st century," Higgins explains. "We see ourselves as a place that can get your feet wet in Lexington history and then we'll help you go deeper by going out to other spots."

The opening is considered just phase one of the museum’s new story, as officials work to expand the space and seek more donors ahead of a number of milestones – including the city’s 250th anniversary in 2025.

The museum will open Saturday with the official ribbon cutting at 10 and free admission for the rest of the day. Admission will normally be $10 for adults on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. More information is at LexHistory.org.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.