To Commemorate Veterans Day we had on display a vintage WWII Jeep Courtesy of Mr. Roger Collins of Versailles Kentucky.

The Great Museum Treasure Hunt

A Rousing Success!!

When 175 children make 492 visits to the Cynthiana Harrison County Museum over the summer one might wonder what’s so special about the place. If you asked any one of them they might tell you what a Gambrell stick was used for, what a block and tackle is and how it was used to build the old jail here in town, who Pythias Russ was, or what a WWII practice grenade looks like. They would certainly tell you that finding one particular artifact out of more than 3000 in the museum isn’t always easy. They’d say having to read and remember information about the artifacts without the use of electronic devices,  in order to answer questions,  was pretty challenging for some. They would tell you that they would be sent back to reread the information if they forgot an answer. And before they finished, they would tell you that it was all great fun; being able to learn about the history of their community through important artifacts and walk out of the museum each weekend with a Leono’s free pizza coupon, a free pass to a movie at the Rohs Opera House, their name in the jar for the weekly cookies and cash drawing, a chance or 2 or 5 or 8 at winning the $250 Grand Prize at the end of the summer, and of course grabbing suckers, museum buttons, and new 25th Anniversary pencils on their way out the door. This was the 5th summer our museum sponsored The Great Museum Treasure Hunt and it was a rousing success!
    Out of the 175 participants, 80 were new to the Hunt this year! How wonderful to have so many first timers making their way to the museum. Our Persistent Pursuers Club welcomed 50 members - those that participated in the GMTH 4 or more weekends. Of those 50 Persistent Pursuers - 10 had perfect attendance! Alisha Allen, A.J., Brayden, and Leland Andis, Kaylee and Braden Fields, Brooklyn Maybrier, Aniya Nelson, Elisa Williams, and Tayvonne Williams each participated 8 consecutive weekends! Congratulations to them all. We also want to recognize all the adults who made time to bring the kids into the museum to hunt for treasured artifacts; parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and neighbors. You all made it happen.
This year’s Grand Prize winner was Makayla Zumwalt - a 5th grader at Westside Elementary School and the daughter of Gary and Roberta Zumwalt. This was Makayla’s first summer participating in the hunt. She received a check for $250.
        Once again we’d like to thank the sponsors of this fun summer activity. Who wouldn’t want a chance to win a sack full of Avi’s Snickerdoodle and M&M/Chocolate Chip cookies along with 10 gold dollar coins? Our thanks to Avi’s Oven Art and City National Bank for sponsoring the weekly cookies and cash drawing.  Leono’s Restaurant and the Rohs Opera House gave every participant every weekend  a free pizza and movie pass - that’s 492 pizzas and 492 movie tickets donated by these two hometown businesses. The Cynthiana Democrat provided weekly photos and information on the “treasures” to be found and printed pictures and articles on the Hunt. Each of these 5 sponsors have supported the Great Museum Treasure Hunt for the past 5 yrs! We can’t thank you enough. While the summer treasure hunt has come to a close and all of our students head back to school we want to encourage EVERYONE to come into the museum THROUGHOUT THE YEAR and discover its wonders, its stories, the history, the beauty, and the pride that is evident in our community through the thousands of artifacts on display. It’s FREE and open to the public every Friday and Saturday

Makayla Zumwalt was our 2019 Great Museum Treasure Hunt Grand Prize Winner - pictured here with Museum president Mary Grable. Mary is a 5th grader at Westside Elementary School in Cynthiana KY.

          Our list of 50 Persistent Pursuers!

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 treasure hunt had to be canceled. Looking forward to next summer's hunt in 2021!!


The Cynthiana Harrison County Museum offers special events for all ages. See our upcoming opportunites below. We gladly schedule private and group tours. For information on events or tours please call (859)234-7179 or email.

Past Events

Our museum sponsored a wonderful afternoon learning about and honoring Kentucky's Everyday Heroes and honoring some of our museum's founders. Our speaker Steve Flarity spoke to a room full of attendees. The museum honored Martha Barnes, Herby Moore and the late George D Slade (who's certificate was accepted by his good friend William Penn). Thanks to all who attended this special event. Honoring our museums 'heros' has since become a yearly event.

Cynthiana Harrison County Museum

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124 South Walnut St

Cynthiana,KY 41031

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PO BOX 557

Cynthiana, KY 41031

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

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