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The Bardstown Historical Museum and the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History are located on the first floor of Spalding Hall in Bardstown, KY. Exhibits at the Getz Whiskey Museum include articles and documents that detail the history of whiskey production and distribution in America. Visitors to the museum will see authentic moonshine stills, advertising memorabilia, vintage jugs and bottles, and much more. Items included in the museum's collection date from the pre-colonial period through the end of prohibition. The Bardstown Historical Museum features an array of artifacts related to the settlement and development of Bardstown and the surrounding area. Pieces within the museum's collection include Native American relics, land grants, various documents related to the Lincoln presidency, pioneer travel accounts, and more.


  • Spalding Hall, Bardstown, KY
  • Temperance Movement Exhibit, Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey
The Oscar Getz Museum of Whisky History is named after Chicago liquor magnate Oscar Getz. Getz purchased a local distillery in Bardstown, KY in the midst of World War Two. By 1957, he became the "liquor industry's Man of the Year" (Roadside America) and had begun to collect pieces for his own personal whiskey museum. Getz later paid the city of Bardstown to renovate a former Catholic seminary--Spalding Hall--to house the collection. Sadly, Getz died one year before the museum opened in 1984. 

Admission to the museum is free--per the Getz family's request--in order to make the collection as accessible as possible.  
1) http://www.whiskeymuseum.com/ 2) http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11446