Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free Admission

The Davidson County Historical Museum is located in the center of Uptown Lexington's Historic District.  It is housed in the Davidson County Courthouse, an impressive Greek Revival structure built in 1858 on the Square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Courthouse is one of the few historic properties in the county that is open to the public. The second-floor courtroom remains intact with its judge's bench, jury box and prisoner's holding cage.

The Museum maintains a permanent collection highlighting the natural and cultural history of Davidson County.  The collection and other Museum resources are made available through regularly scheduled exhibits, special programming and through various digital platforms, including online access to the collections database.



We feature changing exhibits as well as permanent galleries, all highlighting our shared history. Learn more about Current, Upcoming and Past Exhibits.


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The Permanent Collection is comprised of thousands of artifacts, images and archival materials highlighting the natural and cultural history of Davidson County. Learn more about the Collection and Search our Online Database. 

County History

What's your interest? Lexington style BBQ, Buffalo Bill's 1901 train wreck, unexpected civil war "house guests" and their unlikely hostess? History abounds here - learn More about Davidson County's past.

Explore a place where relationships are built between audiences and museum content through engaging exhibits that inspire us to make a positive impact on history.