“The home for Northern Kentucky’s Heritage”*
Behringer-Crawford Museum is not only a NKY treasure, it is Northern Kentucky- literally. The museum is located in the old Devou family’s home in Devou Park. Surrounded by the beauty of this Covington, KY park , the museum represents what NKY was and what it has become.
The museum first opened in 1950. I remember visiting the museum and camping on the grounds years ago as a girl scout. The museum was very different than what it is today. Some of the attractions, like the beautiful retired 1892 streetcar, huge stuffed black bear, Native American artifacts and the infamous two headed calf, have remained. But the size, collections, and exhibits have grown considerably.
“In 1979-80, after adding fire safety and restoration components it reopened as the “Behringer Crawford Museum.” Staff and volunteers increased public programming–Junior Curator archeology, arts, crafts, visual and performing arts. Permanent displays showed natural history, archeology, paleontology, mineralogy, “rivers and steamboats,” industry, folk art, politics, frontier home life, the Civil War and Slavery. Special temporary exhibits added other attractions.”* Behringer-Crawford Website: About
In the 90’s an outdoor ampitheater was added. In the ampitheater, you can find art auctions, concerts, and the museum’s well known interactive holiday train display. In 2008, local Northern Kentuckian Ray Faragher’s nationally known, LGB model train NKY replication moved to the museum. This expansive, detailed, interactive display should be on any NKY local’s bucket list.
With all the preserved history, one might think the museum is only for adults. While it’s true there is more than enough to captivate an adult, many of the features will not only interest children, but encourage them to experience NKY’s history hands on (Kid Attractions and Programs) . In fact, when my son was a preschooler, he preferred this museum over any other. He loved climbing into the bubble windows within Mr. Faragher’s interactive train display, “fishing” off the Wakerunner, listening to the historic “people” in the streetcar tell about themselves, go to the drive in, play with the hands on rails and roads sets, etc. I could go on…
This museum has so much to offer! The next time you are looking for the perfect family outing or facility to hold your event, think BCM. The museum often hosts weddings, receptions, and recently hosted Parenting In Northern Kentucky’s #DisneySide @Home Celebration: NKY Style. It was the perfect place for the celebration! Many NKY bloggers joined in the celebration and those visiting the museum for the first time, were amazed.
“The Behringer-Crawford Museum is a true gem in Northern Kentucky. My children and I were thrilled to learn more about this area with the whimsy and charm that only this Museum could provide! We will definitely be back soon!”
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“I loved checking out this hidden gem. Lots of great hands on exhibits for younger kids and make sure you crawl in the tunnel for the train bubble.”
The Behringer-Crawford Museum really is a treasure in and to Northern Kentucky. We are again renting a room in the museum this weekend for my son’s birthday party. He can’t wait to show our NKY born family around the museum. Stop by and check it out. You won’t be disappointed!
1600 Montague Rd.
Covington, KY 41011
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays and all National Holidays
Hours may be extended for special events.
$7.00 Adults (18-59)
$6.00 Seniors (60+)
$4.00 Children (3-17)
Free to Museum Members
Free to all museum guests
Special Programs (contact the museum for current time and programs)
Summer Camps (contact the museum for current time and programs)
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