The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is thrilled to announce that the Pennyroyal Area Museum is getting a makeover! With up to $1 million provided by the transient room tax put in place by Christian County Fiscal Court, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is renovating the old Post Office, the home of the Pennyroyal Area Museum since 1976. Built in 1913-15, this elegant, beautiful building is in need of upgrades to provide a space that can best showcase the history that we all treasure. In addition to the building renovation, we will also be refining, redesigning, and creating an updated exhibition to tell the stories of our community.
REB Architects from Nicholasville will be the lead architects on the renovation project. Specializing in historic preservation projects, REB Architects have worked on historic buildings in Hopkinsville, Dawson Springs, and Eddyville in this region and have a long resume of experience with historic structures throughout the state and surrounding area.
Flutter & Wow Museum Projects, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will serve as the designer and fabrication specialists for our new exhibition space. Jason Stevens and his team at Flutter & Wow create unique museum exhibits that provide interactive experiences for visitors.
In order to prepare for this major project, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County will be closing with a Bon Voyage Party on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Stop by to see the Pennyroyal Area Museum as it is – and one last time – before the building and the exhibits get a facelift. We will offer free admission from Tuesday, March 27 through Saturday, March 31. We hope to see you then!
The Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum will be closed to the public beginning in April and will reopen on Tuesday, July 10.
The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County intends to stay engaged with the community in a number of ways while the Pennyroyal Area Museum is being revamped. We will continue to host our annual events including a fundraiser at the end of June. We are also adding new public programs to our schedule including our History on Tap series at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company, and we will continue to bring history to you through our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages. We will be working closely with local schools on educational programming, and we will continue our research into the stories and experiences that make Hopkinsville and Christian County the unique and wonderful place that it is.
We anticipate a grand re-opening of the Pennyroyal Area Museum in the spring of 2019.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to create an engaging learning environment and to encourage conversations about our past. For more information, please contact us at 270-887-4270 through June and at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum at 270-885-7382 starting in July or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County cultivates regional pride and tells our community’s authentic stories by creating an enjoyable, engaging learning environment that encourages conversations about our unique history and diverse heritage.
The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is located at 217 East 9th Street in downtown Hopkinsville and includes the Pennyroyal Area Museum and the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. General admission to the Museum is $2 with special rates for seniors and children; there is no admission fee for the Museum Shop. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm; Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 270-887-4270 or visit museumsofhopkinsville.org.