Travelogue: Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

From schoolhouses to satellites, this diverse Ashland, Kentucky museum has something for everybody.
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The 19th-century one-room schoolhouse display

Photographs courtesy Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

If you’re traveling down the Country Music Highway (yes, that’s a thing), make a stop at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center. Located in Ashland, Kentucky, this museum is a one-stop-shop to get the history of music, education, medicine, aviation, and more in Kentucky.

Pick up some book-learnin’ in the 19th-century-era one-room schoolhouse, or blend music and craft with the Musical Quilt, an interactive art piece that plays sounds or notes depending on which button you press.

Kids can learn through play in the Discovery Center. The Space Science Center features a simulation of the Space Station and information about satellites made in Kentucky. Take a turn playing in Little Joe, a real wheelhouse from a barge that used to travel the Ohio River, or uncover something in Discovery Canyon, an interactive cave and dig site.

Little Joe, a real wheelhouse from a barge that used to travel the Ohio River
Little Joe, a real wheelhouse from a barge that used to travel the Ohio River.

Photographs courtesy Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

Pro Tip: Since the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Center’s Passport program, anyone with a Cincinnati Museum Center membership can visit for free.

$6.50 for adults, $5 for children. Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY, (606) 329-8888, highlandsmuseum.com

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