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Mission Statement

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center provides avenues of discovery to children and visitors of all ages. Interactive exhibits, educational experiences and innovative programs, both cultural and historical, celebrate our past, explore our present and inspire our future.


History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and information that puts the past in perspective and moves the present into the future.

During your visit you'll step into a nineteenth century classroom and become a student of the 1870's. Enter a medical world when late night house calls were made on horseback and payment was in chickens. Explore a time before European explorers and settlers first visited the Ohio River Valley. Immerse yourself in the culture of Eastern Kentucky music and visit the two generation family of Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus. Create your own music on our Karaoke Corner stage or at Music Quilt, an interactive sound sculpture. Salute those who served during the wars of the twentieth century and see Hitler's last telephone.

The Discovery Center boasts a special play place for toddlers and a flight simulation station for pilots of all ages. Walk into the Ohio River town of Poage's Landing and navigate the pilot house of Little Joe, an actual tugboat. Role play in the street scape of a river community. Learn about the natural world around you in the tree house exhibit or rest awhile on the front porch and enjoy games, a puzzle garden and a puppet dog house.

Visitors will also see revolving exhibits that showcase sports, regional art, textiles and quilts.



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