800 Pleasant St, Paris, KY 40361 info@hopewellmuseum.org 859.987.7274

Fall Open House: Return to Frontier Kentucky, Sep 15th 2-4 pm

Join us for our fall open house and driving tour at Fairfield. Light Refreshments will be served. $10 Members/$15 Non-members, no reservations required, pay on-site the day of the tour. Click here for more details.

Mary Spears Van Meter Dinner – Friday, August 9th

MSVM Dinner Invitation

Join us at the Hopewell Museum for the 2019 Mary Spears Van Meter dinner with guest speaker Tressa Brown of the Kentucky Heritage Council and the presentation of the Mary Spears Van Meter Historic Preservation Award. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Paid reservations required by Thursday, August 1st – $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Reserve online or call 859-987-7274. For more details, click here.

Exhibit Opening: Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, June 9th – On Display through Sep. 29th

Hattie Hutchcraft Hill

Join us June 9th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an opening reception for Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, Bourbon County’s Adventurous Artist (1847-1921). Light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit, curated by Margaret Layton, will run from June 9th through September 29th. For more details, click here.

Win, Place & Show Derby Party – April 26th

The Barr House, 1200 Cypress Street, 7p.m. – 11 p.m. Join us for a fun pre-Derby celebration with dance music by The Mercy Men! Food, Live & Silent Auction, & Hat Contest! RSVP Required. $60 Members/ $65 Non-members /$40 U40 /$70 at the door. View Event Details!

Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua Speaker “William Wells Brown”

Kentucky Humanities Council presents Virgil Covington, Jr. as William Wells Brown in “How I Got My Name” at the Hopewell Museum on Sunday, February 17th, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event is a part of Black History Month programming with the Paris-Bourbon County Library. For more details click here.

Becoming American Film Series

Becoming American is a six-week series of public programs created by City Lore in partnership with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Click here for dates and details.

Exhibit Opening: Becoming American, Feb. 10th – on display through May 30th

Becoming American: The Immigrant Experience in Bourbon County, Kentucky

Join us for the exhibit opening of Becoming American: The Immigrant Experience in Bourbon County, Kentucky on Sunday, February 10th from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Click here for event details.

Winter Hours


We will be closed December 24, 2018 through January 31st, 2019 for the winter. We will still be open by appointment during January, so don’t hesitate to call us at 859-987-7274 or email info@hopewellmuseum.org.

Annual Soup Supper & Membership Meeting – Nov. 29th

Soup supper starts at 6 p.m. Free & open to members. At 7 p.m., listen to a lecture by James C. Klotter, PhD., a state historian, based on his recent Oxford University Press book. Lecture is free & open to the public.

Santa at the Museum – Dec. 2nd

Meet Santa and his Museum helpers for free photos, crafts, and cookies from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd. Free for kids of all ages and open to the public. *Families of children with special needs may schedule an appointment between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more details, click here.