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Cumberland Museum, Williamsburg

#65 of 125 in Museums in Kentucky
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Cumberland Inn & Museum, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, are owned and operated by University of the Cumberlands. The facility opened in May 1994 as a way for Cumberland College to offer its students a positive work experience while promoting the college to visitors.
They currently employ over 60 college students on both a part and full-time basis. The students work in every area of the hotel, including the museum, the conference center and the inn's Patriot Steakhouse.
The Henkelmann Life Science Collection has "hundreds of specimens ranging from the petite short-tailed Shrew to the gigantic Polar Bear, procured by Henry and Mary Henkelmann on expeditions from Africa to the Arctic. The animals are displayed in surroundings created to match their natural habitats. A visit to this great exhibit fosters an appreciation of the beauty of life."
The Robert O. Williams museum now contains over 7,000 crosses and crucifixes. The collection started when as a chaplain in the Air Force Williams he became aware of the special symbolism the cross had for Christians and of the variety of forms that had been used to portray this symbol.
The museum's collections were featured on Kentucky Educational Television.
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  • I thought the displays were better than the Smithsonian's. My wife couldn't get over the vicious look of the Timber Wolf. We went back last week and were saddened to see they were gone.  more »
  • Was this moved to another place? It was such an amazing museum. Each time we went, we noticed different animals we hadn't noticed before. So sad it was gone.  more »
  • Service was great. I stayed in a pet-friendly room with exterior & interior entrance/exit. It was very convenient. Location is within walking distance to some fast food restaurants. Complimentary breakfast is included.
  • Wonderful place to stay but pricey. Pet friendly. You have to put a $ 100 deposit for your pet if you're paying in cash. You get it back at checkout but wasn't mentioned to us when we called about availability. Beautiful room. Extraordinary comfortable bed and the pillows were absolutely to die for. They were just perfect, wish I had been able to buy a couple. They were basically the same price as you would see at Walmart but much better quality. Room was $105 with taxes for 2 people plus 1 pet then on top of that you have the deposit for your pet. I would say if you have pets and don't want to spend a lot on 1 night just go to the next town if you can. Just my opinion. We would have but I was tired from driving a 20' Uhaul towing a small SUV after packing up and loading the truck earlier that same day.

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