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The Owensboro Museum of Science and History has one traveling/temporary exhibit gallery and seven permanent exhibit galleries; The Owensboro Rotary PlayZeum, SpeedZeum, ENCOUNTER Hands-On, the Ford Government Gallery, the Origins Natural History Gallery and Impact 100 Cave, The Coal Mine Gallery, and First People of Yellow Banks: Native American Gallery. An additional permanent gallery, the River Heritage History Gallery, is in the construction phase. In-depth educational programming, developed in accordance with state educational content requirements and guidelines, is offered with the exhibits in each gallery. Please visit the Programs page for more information.


Owensboro Rotary PlayZeum

Sponsored and constructed by the Owensboro Rotary Club, it opened in November 2005 to record crowds. The indoor playground allows children ages 10 and under to play in a colorful, themed environment based on local landscape and history.


A gallery dedicated to motorsports, local racing history, and the fantastic successes of racing athletes who hail from Owensboro and the surrounding area.

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The Coal Mine Gallery

Don your “hard hat” and take a journey into history! Experience life in The Rudy Mine, a re-created Daviess County pony-mine that was in operation from the late 19th century until 1954.


Encounter, our “hands-on, minds-on” gallery, is a true “edutainment” experience. The young and young-at-heart can make a magnet bridge, tell a story in the puppet theater, experiment with the Bernoulli Effect, or leave a “permanent” image in our shadow room.

Ford Government Gallery

The Ford Government Gallery, founded by U.S. Senator Wendell Hampton Ford, is dedicated to engaging citizens of all ages in the governmental process. Visitors can learn about Senator Ford’s long career in local, state, and national government while learning about our dynamic, participatory form of governance.