Owensboro is the fourth largest city in state of Kentucky. International Bluegrass Music Museum is one of the popular tourist destinations for the visitor in Owensboro. The museum preserves the heritage and fosters the future of bluegrass music, an American musical style originated in Western Kentucky. It features exhibits, archives, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This is the only museum in the world which is dedicated to the history and preservation of the international history of bluegrass music. People from all walks of life come to the city to visit the museum and attend their concerts and festivals. Some of the notable performers are Ricky Skaggs, Josh Williams, Doc Watson, Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver, Bobby Osborne and New South. If you are a fan of creative art such as painting and sculpture then you should go to the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art while visiting Owensboro. The permanent exhibits of the museum includes American, European, and Asian fine and decorative art collection with items ranging from 1900s to the present. The museum also offers various temporary exhibits, visual and performing arts, interpretive events as well as educational programs. It is has something for everyone. The Museum houses the ARTLAND, an interactive art studio made especially for kids 4 to 10 years old. The studio allows children to express themselves though creative art works. Here you will find an art laboratory hat that is equipped with all the supplies and materials used for making works of art. There is also a children’s theater, located at the museum where younger children can participate in theatrical productions.
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There are plenty of other places to visit in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Owensboro Museum of Science & History attracts many people to the city. Founded in 1966, it is located in downtown Owensboro. The museum is housed in a historic 19th and early 20th century building. This large museum offers many adventures including a unique hands-on exhibit area and displays showcasing local history. You can learn about local racing history and the amazing successes from local racing athletes at the Speedzeum, a gallery dedicated to motorsports. You will also be able to learn about local, state and federal government in the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center. If you like parks and gardens then you can go to Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. This 9-acre garden is open to the public all year round from sunrise to sunset. The garden began in 1993 on a cornfield with a vision to establish a botanical garden. Today, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden encompasses nice specialty gardens: Butterfly Garden, Rose Garden, Daylily Garden, Iris Garden, Herb Garden, Children’s Garden, Japanese Garden, Ericaceous and Ornamental Grass Garden and Fruit and Berry Garden. There are a variety of plants can be seen inside the garden including apple, apricot, cherry, peach, barberry, boxwood, blackberry, hemlocks, germander, lavender, peonies, raspberry and yew among others. While you are there, you can also go to Ben Hawes Golf Course and Park also known as Ben Hawes State Park. It is a park located just outside of Owensboro. This 297-acre park was named after a former mayor of Owensboro. The park offers playground equipment, a basketball court and a baseball field. There is also a one-mile long hiking trail. The highlight of the park is a twenty-seven hole golf course: an eighteen hole regulation course and a nine hole par 3 course. This beautiful golf course offers 6,632 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.