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  

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is a jewel in Northern Kentucky. It is the home to one of the largest collections of miniatures in the United States, The KSB Miniatures collection is world renown in the miniatures world. In addition, KGMC is home to a historical gallery that displays the early history of the local area. The library contains family history and information that is used by many researchers.

This is the place to see in the Maysville area.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The museum is a treasure to Maysville and the surrounding communities. The dinosaur exhibit is fabulous! The miniature collection is one of the finest in the world. Stop in and visit the museum - you will not be disappointed.

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I am personally involved with this museum both as a patron and board member.

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If I could make changes with this organization, I would develop and extensive marketing program to make individuals aware of it.

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9 people found this review helpful

This museum snuggled in the downtown area of Maysville, Kentucky is a treasure to all who visit. The miniature collection, one of the finest in the world, is breathtaking. No matter how many times I visit the collection, I always find an item I have overlooked. The museum boasts an overall collection that is outstanding. I love it - it is my passion! Come and share the excitement as it continues to grow.

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

the passion to make sure it is here in years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Board member '64-'97; emeritus '97-'10. Museum administrator '75-'97; volunteer '97-'10. I did whatever needed doing, from cleaning to budget making, to managing.

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

participating as a former board member, administrator, volunteer, donor, advisor, and as a beneficiary of its services.

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

meeting visitors, knowing and working with the staff.

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

all enthusiastic, interested, competent, and very hard-working, from the director to the janitress.

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

Pay off a debt of about 1 million, restore reduced hours, provide more educational exhibits, add more programs, and continue to excel.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had more time to spend assisting everyone whom I've worked with over 46 years of involvement.

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

Debt, operating limits.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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