Due to Covid-19 Our Museum will remain closed through the month of July.

       We will reopen, on a modified basis, beginning the weekend of August 7th and 8th!     With the safety of our volunteers and guests in mind the following requirements will be in place:

  1. Individuals and small groups of 10 or less will be admitted by appointment only during the regular Museum hours on Friday and Saturday from 10-4.

  2. Facial Coverings will be required for admittance and while touring the Museum.

  3. Physical Distancing will be followed while in the Museum.


 To schedule an appointment call:

           Mary Grable at 859-234-6541 or 859-588-4469

           Larry Benson at 859-954-0662

           The Museum at 859-234-7179 -  Leave a brief message and a call back number a week prior to requested visit if possible.                                                                               Verification of a scheduled appointment day and time will be returned by phone.

 OR - Message our Facebook Page with an appointment request

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Welcome to the Cynthiana Harrison County Museum!

The Cynthiana Harrison County Museum  first opened its doors in July 1994. Housed in the historic Rohs Movie Theatre on S. Walnut St. the museum is a step back in time displaying nearly 3000 artifacts showcasing the community’s Military, Education, and Agricultural Histories. Rooms are also devoted to items from  childhood, daily life, local industry, and the town’s churches, police and fire departments.

Our museum exists to preserve, display, maintain and share artifacts of   historical significance.  It provides a “snapshot” into the past. The Cynthiana Harrison County Trust Inc. established the museum to provide a place where the tangible  history of this small town Kentucky community could reside. 

Museum Hours

The Great Museum Treasure Hunt! 

Friday & Saturday 10am - 4pm  By Appointment Only Beginning August 7th

Contact: 859-234-7179 and leave a message,  email,  or message our Facebook page      

Currently groups of 10 or fewer are welcome    

Handicapped Accessible    

Free Admission/Donations Accepted      


4000 Sq. Ft. of Display Space Showcasing Nearly 3000 Artifacts!

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This is a Mortician's "Cooling Table" and was used by undertakers for preparing bodies for burial. It was also used by field doctors during the Civil War for emergency amputations. The 'bed of the table is perforated with holes for the drainage of body fluids.

Our Museum's tool section is filled with hand hewn tools and implements used by local farmers, machinists, carpenters, and those of other professions. Come see how the tools from the past were made and used.

One of the Museum's prized artifacts are the more than 100 letters sent by Harrison county resident William Jones to his wife Mary while he was fighting for the Union during the Civil War. The hand written letters dated from 1864 have been transcribed into a binder and are available for reading. The letters discuss everything from his episodes on the battlefield to the loss of friends, and the love for his wife. A real treasure.

New Acquisitions

We are always receiving new artifacts in the museum. Here are a few recent acquisitions

Native American Gorget

Estimated to be 700-800 yrs. old and made of slate, Gorgets were worn around the neck from medieval times on. Native Americans wore these as adornments or for religious purposes

Orphan Brigade Reunion Quilt

The Museum received an email from Frankie McBride who discovered this amazing quilt in a flea market in Nebraska. She noticed the ribbon stitched into the quilt that read "Fifth Reunion First KY Orphan Brigade Cynthiana, KY     August 18, 1886". Mrs.Mcbride contacted our museum asking if we'd be interested in displaying it. We were thrilled. While on vacation she came through Cynthiana and brought the quilt and donated it to the museum. While the original owner of the quilt is unknown, much is known about the Orphan Brigade and Cynthiana's connections to that group of men who were a part of it. In the Museu's library we had an 1868 edition of the "History of the First Kentucky Brigade". With the reunion quilt and renewed interest, a reprinted 2004 edition was purchased so visitors can read and learn about this group without damaging the original text.

History of the First Kentucky Brigade 1886 edition

History of the Orphan Brigade 2004 edition

New to our Children's Toy Room

We are so fortunate to have local toy collectors. These circa 1960 service vehicles are a new addition to our children's toy display. 

Cynthiana Harrison County Museum

Ph (859) 234-7179


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Museum Address:

124 South Walnut St

Cynthiana,KY 41031

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 557

Cynthiana, KY 41031

Visit us Fridays & Saturdays 10am-4pm or by appointment.

Groups welcome!

Handicapped Accessible.

Free Admission/Donations Accepted

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