Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum is a dynamic and committed group of volunteers who care about Bourbon County’s heritage and who share that interest and knowledge with their community.
HPBC and Hopewell Museum serve the geographic region of Bourbon County, its neighboring Kentucky counties, plus traveling visitors from around the world.
What We Do:
Currently, the museum features changing art & history exhibits. HPBC preservation committees offer recognition and events that showcase preservation at work in both town and country settings.
HPBC/Hopewell Museum educates and welcomes families with the Mary Spears Van Meter Learning Center. The center houses activity spaces that echo the museum’s Bourbon County History Hall and give young visitors a chance to put themselves in a small town of 100 years ago. In addition, school classes come to the museum for art workshops in our community classroom that also serves as a place for art exhibits from area school students.
Bourbon County History Hall
Wander our History Hall and learn about Bourbon County , which once included much of the state of Kentucky! Early beginnings mirror our nation’s push west and feature such prominent Kentuckians as Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone and Michael Stoner.
Discover how the land and the people formed a community of large and small farms, communities and schools that have supported cattle, hemp, tobacco and horses for more than two centuries.
Exhibit Galleries showcase a wide variety of topics focusing on Bourbon County, the Bluegrass Region and beyond.
Throughout the year, local and regional art displays share space with heritage exhibits.
Community Gathering Space:
Our lower level community room provides meeting space along with a group eating area and classroom art tables.