Spalding Hall (circa 1826) first served as St. Joseph College and Seminary, then as a hospital for both North and South during the Civil War. The Sisters of Charity ran an orphanage for boys around the turn of the century. Finally the Xaverian Brothers established St. Joe Preparatory School (1911-1968). Presently the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum occupy the main floor of Spalding Hall.


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The historic Spalding Hall is located in the heart of Bardstown on 114 North Fifth Street and Xavier Drive with easy access off the Bluegrass Parkway and Highway 31E and 62. All museums are located on the main floor of Spalding Hall. We are handicapped accessible, with elevator access available. We await your visit.


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Drawing November 2nd, 2022 at 1:30pm

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

A definite stop for bourbon enthusiasts!

Spalding Hall is home to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and the Bardstown Historical Museum. Our Museum of Whiskey History boasts a 50-year collection of rare whiskey artifacts dating from pre-colonial days to post-Prohibition days. The museum features rare antique bottles, a moonshine still, advertising art, novelty whiskey containers.

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History displays a 50 year collection of rare artifacts and documents concerning the American whiskey industry dating from pre-Colonial days to post-Prohibition years. The museum includes exhibits on President Washington, Abraham Lincoln, authentic moonshine stills, antique bottles and jugs, medicinal whiskey bottles, unique advertising art, novelty whiskey containers, and much more.

The Bardstown Historical Museum contains items relating to 200 years of area history. You will find indian relics, Lincoln documents, pioneer papers, John Fitch land grant, a replica of his first steamboat, Stephen Foster memorabilia, a new Trappist monks’ exhibit, gifts of Louis Phillippe and Charles X of France, Civil War artifacts and guerrilla Jesse James hat and wine bottle, St. Joe Preparatory School momentos and much more. Guided tours available. Classrooms and teachers welcome!  LEARN MORE >>

Voted Whiskey Magazine’s Whiskey Visitor Attraction of the Year!

Items for Sale/Purchase

Various memorabilia is for sale at the Museum. We also purchase artifacts for the museum at times. To inquire about sale items or to request purchase of an item you may have, contact us at (502) 348-2999 or email us >>