Centennial Exhibitions

As part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, several art and historical exhibits were on display at the Mansion throughout the year.

2014 Exhibition Schedule


January – April

John James Audubon Exhibit
More than $2 million of John James Audubon originals will be featured, including copper plate engravings from Birds of America, oil paintings, taxidermy and artifacts. The exhibit features nearly 50 pieces that highlight Audubon’s dedication and admiration for ornithology and conservation.

Contributors: John James Audubon State Park (Henderson), Filson Historical Society (Louisville), The Speed Art Museum (Louisville)

Early 1900 costume and decorative art pieces
Costume and decorative arts from the period of the mansion’s construction will be featured.

Contributor: Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort)


May 26 – August

Main exhibit

Landscapes and Livestock: A Celebration of Agricultural Art in Kentucky
From public and private collections
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Special exhibits

Early Frankfort (1790-1820): Furniture and Fine Arts from a Capital City
Contributors: the Cox Collection (Richmond), The Speed Art Museum (Louisville), Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort)
Pieces will be on display in the Governor’s Reception Room.

A collection of John James Audubon, Birds of America Havell engravings
Contributor: John James Audubon State Park (Henderson)
Pieces will be on display in the State Dining Room.