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Audubon Museum & Nature Center

The John James Audubon State Park Museum and Nature Center is located at 3100 US Highway 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky. The museum is in a stone chateau style building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.

The museum and nature center is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and closed on specific holidays.

Phone number: 270-827-1893

Museum Store

The museum store offers many nature inspired products and items for the Audubon enthusiast. Kentucky crafted products, from walking sticks to soaps and lotions are available along with a wide selection of Audubon prints, books, cards, and souvenirs. Gift cards are available for purchase and may be used at all Kentucky State Parks.

Admission

Families (2 adults, 2 children) $12.00
Adults (18+) $5.00
Seniors (60+) $4.00
Military $4.00
Children/Students (6 – 17 & college w/ID) $4.00
Children 5 & under N/C
Friends of Audubon Members N/C

Admittance to the Nature Center is free. Admission is discounted for visitors staying in the park. Group rates are available for self-guided and guided tours of the museum. Please call the museum at 270-827-1893 for more information.

Collection

The Audubon Museum is home to one of the largest collections of material from wildlife artist and naturalist, John James Audubon. There are more than 1,000 items in the collection. Many of them are on display.

Collection highlights include:

  • • The Birds of America, the double elephant folio edition (1827-1838)
  • • The Birds of America, the Julius Bien edition (1858-1860)
  • • A complete set of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845-1853)
  • • Original engravings, lithographs, and copper engraving plates
  • • Paintings by Audubon and his sons, John Woodhouse and Victor Gifford Audubon
  • • Family letters, manuscripts, and rare books
  • • Hair jewelry, clothing, heirloom silver, and birds taxidermied by Audubon himself!

Most items came from Alice Tyler, the widow of Audubon’s great-grandson, Leonard Sanford Tyler. In 1938 Mrs. Tyler placed on loan to the museum her personal collection of Audubon material. The Tyler collection was purchased in 1994 through numerous donations made to the Friends of Audubon, as well as contributions from the Preston Foundation and the Kentucky Department of Parks.

The Friends of Audubon helped the museum acquire important artifacts and art pieces in addition to the Tyler collection. Among the acquisitions are first edition octavo versions of The Birds of America and two rare copper engraving plates, the American Bittern and Tell-tale Godwit, or Snipe. Restrikes from the copperplates are available for sale at the museum. All proceeds are used for art conservation.

Permanent Exhibit

The permanent exhibit explores the lives and work of John James Audubon and his family within a timeline of world events. Three galleries chronicle the Audubon story, including the family’s 1810-1819 residency in Henderson, Kentucky.

Over 200 objects are on display, including artifacts from Audubon’s childhood, a complete set of his masterwork, The Birds of America, and many original artworks. Pages in the folios are turned every four to six weeks revealing new and exciting images for visitors to see.

Group tours of the exhibits are available upon request. Please call the museum at 270-827-1893 for more information.