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Telling the big story of Kentucky’s small-town capital city

In November of 2004, the Capital City Museum opened its doors to the public. Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years.

The Capital City Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday
Admission to the museum is free.

New exhibit

fishing reels

Frankfort has a very unique place in history as being the town where the bait casting fishing reel was perfected and first produced. Every place has its historic event or figure, but only we have this distinction. It was a Frankfort industry for over 100 years. Local craftsmen handmade these gems to fish the renowned streams of central Kentucky. Their reputation for quality and beauty was recognized around the world.

The Capital City Museum is opening an exhibition of a selection of these jewels from a variety of local makers, both from private collections and our own.

Opening Thursday, November 10, 2016 as a part of Frankfort’s Candlelight Tradition.

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 Frankfort Faces

During the Spring of 2016 the Downtown Frankfort Inc. Design Committee discussed the need to replace seasonal banners downtown with something that better reflected the history and identity of the city.

The result is the project now visible on our city streets. Learn more by going to

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Stop by for a visit to see more of the interesting and unusual that the museum has to offer!



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