Wrather West Kentucky Museum

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Wrather West Kentucky Museum

Did you know that Murray State University has a museum on it’s campus? Most folks don’t. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of Western Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase area then you should pay a visit. The museum is open for 8.5 hours/day Monday through Friday and is easy to find as it’s located right behind the University President’s house.


The first permanent building was constructed on the Murray State campus in 1924 – this was the Administrative Building.

It was used for a variety of activities such as classes, pep rallies, plays, and debates. It housed the post office, dining room, science labs, bookstore and the administrative offices.

On June 18, 1975, the Administrative Building at Murray State University was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was later renovated and renamed the Wrather West Kentucky Museum (after the long-time administrator, M.O. Wrather) on September 22, 1982.


The main mission of the Wrather West Kentucky Museum is to provide an understanding of the social, cultural, and economic development of West Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase region.

Special programs and exhibits facilitate this mission.

Wrather West Kentucky Museum Exhibits on Display

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All exhibits, both permanent and intermittent exhibits are available to the public at no charge. The museum is handicap accessible and offers guided tours.


You can find the Wrather Museum on North 16th Street and University Drive on the campus of MSU. It’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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To facilitate learning, Murray also has an Arboretum that you can learn about as well.


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