Second in a series.
Good things come in small packages.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville, Kentucky is a terrific destination for many reasons, but one of their smallest attractions packs a big wallop-The Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection. Maysville native Kaye Browning built this collection of thousands of 1/12 scale miniatures, each commissioned or selected by her personally. Now housed in a wonderful 3,200-square-foot exhibition area, it features hundreds of one-of-a-kind or limited-edition homes, vignettes and tiny works of art.
From the historically significant, to those that simply warm the heart, this collection is a mastery of the imagination and no detail is missed—from family pets to miniature paintings adorning these magnificent pieces. Each one is unique, from tiny apartments to London mansions, various periods of time and cultures from near and far represented in the collection. Included in the collection are representations of iconic local buildings including the Cox Building, the Russell Theatre and the Bethel Baptist Church.
Take your time and really look at these works and the video presentation, even those who are not fans cannot help but be impressed and delighted by these tiny masterpieces. True collectors can even pick out a treasure in the Museum’s gift shop.
Elsewhere within the Museum Center you will find a Genealogical & Historical Research Library and the opportunity to learn about the people and events of a seven-county area through an extensive collection of books, manuscripts and documents from the past 300 years, as well as a Regional History Museum where you explore the past through dioramas, over 4,000 regional artifacts and a gallery of fine art related to Maysville and Kentucky. Changing exhibitions attract visitors throughout the year with many of them being kid-friendly.
The building itself is significant, once the town’s library, it was enlarged and became the Museum Center. Much of the building retains the original library’s footprint and photographs are on display allowing you to compare past and present.
Their Museum Shop features a wide selection of gifts and educational items including publications about Maysville and surrounding areas. Works on topics ranging from covered bridges and folklore to classic recipes and be found and if you’re looking for biographies of legendary figures like Daniel Boone, Harriet Tubman, or the Shawnee chief Blue Jacket, you won’t be disappointed.
Maysville is about a one-hour drive from Cincinnati. For more information about the museum, visit www.kypmc.org.