• Western Kentucky Botanical Garden - Under the guidance of the Board of Directors and many local horticultural professionals and enthusiasts, 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, weddings, receptions and meetings. The Garden has ten themed gardens including the expanded Moonlite Children’s Garden sponsored by the Bosley family. The Bill and Marilyn Young Educational Classroom has been finished providing for expansion of the educational program to a year around program. The Playhouse In The Garden in honor of Morton Holbrook is providing great fun and educational opportunities for children at The Garden.

  • Owensboro Museum of Fine Art - Owensboro Museum of Fine Art expands and enhances the cultural environment of the region through a permanent collection of American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present. Major traveling exhibitions, visual and performing arts, interpretive events and educational programs for children and adults occur throughout the year.

  • Owensboro Visitor’s Center – Stop by the visitor’s center to gather information about the history of Owensboro. Any of the knowledgeable local representatives would be happy to assist you in making the best of your visit to their hometown! Ask about the most popular shops, stores, and restaurants!

  • Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History - The Owensboro Museum of Science & History, founded in 1966, is located in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. Housed within an historic 19th and early 20th century building, the museum is a gathering spot, a learning center and a family-friendly entertainment experience.

  • International Bluegrass Music Museum - The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a bluegrass music museum in RiverPark Center near downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The museum has inter-active exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations, and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The museum 21,000 square feet of exhibits and offices on 2 floors. As a non-profit group, the International Bluegrass Music Museum has raised funds with the help of famous bluegrass musicians such as Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley.



Owensboro Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Owensboro is the industrial, medical, retail and cultural hub of western Kentucky. The city is strategically located on the southern banks of the Ohio River. The first European descendant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers (Smothers) in 1797, for whom the riverfront park in downtown Owensboro is named. A Kentucky Historical Marker is erected in his honor at the park. The settlement was originally known as Yellow Banks, a reference to the color of the banks of the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today's Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was incorporated as a city under the name Owensborough, named after Colonel Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro.

Owensboro, Kentucky