Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

Rating: 4.61 stars   23 reviews

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Location: 215 Sutton Street Maysville KY 41056 USA

Mission: The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and a genealogical-historical library. Our Genealogical & Historical Research Library sheds light on the people and events of a seven-county area through an extensive collection of books, manuscripts and documents from the past 300 years. Our Regional History Museum illuminates the past through award-winning dioramas, more than 4,000 regional artifacts and a gallery of fine art related to Maysville and Kentucky. And our Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection looks at the world from a new perspective through mesmerizing, 1/12-scale reproductions of homes, furnishings, clothing, artwork and people.
Results: Visitors from thirty-nine (39) states, the District of Columbia, and seven (7) foreign countries during 2009, not including off-site programming or the 70+ volunteers who regularly assisted us throughout the year.
Target demographics: Initially the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center served only Mason County; it has now expanded to include Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, and Robertson counties in Kentucky and Brown and Adams counties in Ohio. Furthermore, because of its extensive research library, the Museum Center attracts visitors in many fields. Genealogists from throughout the United States use the facility. University doctoral candidates come to do thesis work. Property owners learn about old structures, as do archaeologists making studies of structures to be demolished or rehabilitated. Attorneys seek help on lines of descent or lines of property, historical charters, and regulations. Journalists work on investigative questions. The Museum Centers’ collections have become a respected and valuable source of information for a myriad of users seeking information unavailable elsewhere.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 13,000 - 15,000 visitors
Geographic areas served: Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson, Lewis Counties in Kentucky.  Brown and Adams Counties in Ohio.
Programs: Initially the Museum Center served only Mason County; it has now expanded to include Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, and Robertson counties in Kentucky and Brown and Adams counties in Ohio. Furthermore, because of its extensive research library, the Museum Center attracts visitors in many fields. Genealogists from throughout the United States use the facility. University doctoral candidates come to do thesis work. Property owners learn about old structures, as do archaeologists making studies of structures to be demolished or rehabilitated. Attorneys seek help on lines of descent or lines of property, historical charters, and regulations. Journalists work on investigative questions. The Museum Centers’ collections have become a respected and valuable source of information for a myriad of users seeking information unavailable elsewhere. The permanent and changing exhibits and programs which the Museum Center houses and offers at other locations provide not only educational experiences but an opportunity to view artifacts that otherwise might never be seen first hand. Some of these are historical, some are based on current events, trends in the ever-changing social and political spectra, and some are art forms of all kinds that offer a forum for individuals to share talents and interests. School children are able to see and touch artifacts that help explain history, particularly that of our locale, and make it more vivid. Teachers in the area use the Museum Center in different ways to help enrich their classes’ curricula. The “suitcase” portable traveling collection, a miniature museum, has been put together and used successfully at several schools. Museum Scout classes have been held for fourth graders to familiarize them with the Museum Center, to show them how a museum and research center functions and to explain how different types of art are created. Generous nineteenth and twentieth century Mason Countians, whose vision and contributions established and maintained an association to promote the educational and cultural opportunities for area citizens, have enriched our community. This commitment was renewed recently with the construction of a new addition, which allows for enhanced exhibits, workshops, programs and educational opportunities for children and adults.
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Tremendous museum! Comprehensive historical record, with fantastic ability to do research. Extensive archives. Fabulus facilities. Great day for the entire family!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and very personable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I went to the museum to see the miniatures exhibit around Christmastime. Needless to say the collection blew me away and I could have stayed there a few days just to see the intricacies of each and every exhibit. THEN I was able to tour the rest of the museum which was equally as entertaining and amazing. Would go there again and again!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what I've enjoyed most is the helpful staff. I think everyone there is working so hard to make this museum enjoyable for anyone and everyone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As a local business owner (real estate broker and auctioneer), I consult with the museum staff and archives in order to obtain historical background information on historical properties that I have offered for sale/available for purchase in Mason County, KY whenever I list a property with historical significance. In 2009, I successfully sold two circa 1795 Mason County stone homes (which has to be rare as there are not that many stone homes within the county), both located in rural areas of the county (4.05 acres on Parker Lane at Mays Lick and 2.85 acre on Taylor Mill) and both situated on small acreage, both on the National Register of Historic Places (the Poague House Mays Lick and Milton Mills Taylor Mill Road, Maysville, were both added to the National Register Jan. 8, 1987), and I contacted the museum when researching some of the history of the properties for purposes of providing historical data to prospective purchasers, including those persons who ultimately purchased the properties (the purchasers were non-residents, one from Maryland, the other from Ohio). I have found the staff very helpful and accommodating. I also have donated my time to conduct charity auctions to benefit the museum (the Museum has a world class miniatures collection and I conducted an auction to benefit the museum in 2008, selling a miniature collection, and -- in addition to Kentucky and US bidders -- we had bidders/purchasers from several foreign countries including Switzerland, England, Japan, and Germany, and this was a "Live Auction", with these bidders actually present in the audience! I also conduct an auction on their behalf annually (March 5 will mark the fourth or fifth year of my involvement and I conducted two benefits auctions in 2008), volunteering my services as well as that of my staff, and I don't even live in Mason County, but in the adjoining county (that shows how much I appreciate the Museum as I am willing to travel outside of my county to support them!).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

action, with staff aiding me in obtaining information on properties that I had listed for sale and successrul sold.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to obtain funds to acquire and display even more artifacts from private collections representing the early history and settlement of the area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction/consulatation with staff and volunteers, observing historical items of local interest on display (the William Craig landscape scene is extraordinary as is Kenton's Ride; the tall case clock, the Tuttle chest are also favorites!).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, friendly, and accommodating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

add significantly to the collection of local historical artifacts! There is a treasure trove of artifacts in private hands that if the monies were available for acquisition could be placed on permanent display!

Ways to make it better...

there were even more historical artifacts on display from early tradesmen, manufacturers, businesses and historic figures. Maysville is home of KY's Oldest Bank and more examples of early banknotes should be acquired/displayed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

increasing funds available for purchase and display of additional historical artifacts.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am a big fan of the museum and wish we had such an impressive facility in Lewis County (we have a museum, but nowhere near the space and capabilities of the Maysville facility).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

What a gift Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is for our community. I love to take visiting friends and family to learn a bit of our history and revel in our local arts. But most of the time, I just go alone - absorbing the culture that surrounds me at KGMC. I feel so blessed to be a member of the museum. It enriches my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

special programs offered: music, paintings, antique toys

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the miniatures collection and the doll house

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pleasant and knowledgable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more of the same high quality exhibits and programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Ky. Gateway Museum has wonderful resources for genealogy research. The people working in that department were VERY helpful to me in finding information on my Mason County family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was born in Maysville, Kentucky then lived in New York and currently in Virginia. I recently toured the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center and they truly have something for everyone. My particular interest is in genealogy and the files and books available is truly fantastic with lots of information available on line. The miniatures on display were incredible and unique to most museums.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help given to me by the staff while researching in the genealogy available at the museum.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to help you.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent at helping me and making me feel welcome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stack their shelves with every imaginable book that would help families locate their ancestors and descendants.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend at the museum.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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