Many of the big-ticket items for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival often sell out before the celebration begins, but one of the most popular features of the week-long event doesn’t require a ticket at all.
The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History on the first floor of Spalding Hall tells the history of America’s signature spirit with thousands of artifacts and photographs.
“It’s a true gem of a museum, and it’s something that we’re hoping to create more attention with,” said Bill Conway, chairman of the board. “It’s pretty unique, really.”’
Conway said he knows of no other whiskey museum like it in the country.
Most Nelson Countians know about the museum, but most of its visitors are tourists and bourbon aficionados who come to Bardstown to enjoy and learn more about bourbon, including the 50,000 who attend the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.