FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2014) – Visitors will have more to see at the Kentucky Military History Museum starting June 11, with 74 firearms being added to the Military Treasures exhibition. The additional firearms cover the scope of Kentucky’s military history and range from Kentucky long rifles to an M16.


The addition includes a Model 1920 small arms rack once used at the State Arsenal, which showcases 20 M1911 pistols and 20 M1903 rifles, a Gatling gun, Colt revolvers carried by Union Gen. Edward H. Hobson during the Civil War and a rare Model 1854 LeFaucheux pinfire revolver presented to Confederate Col. William Ward.


This is the first piece of a multi-phased exhibit expansion at the Kentucky Military History Museum. Three new interactive elements are planned for the fall. The last phase will include several more weapons from the collection and the story of celebrated weapons inventor Col. George Chinn, whose modifications of the machine gun during World War II doubled its rate of fire. He also was co-inventor of the Mark 19 40mm long-range grenade launcher, among other weaponry.


The State Arsenal, which houses the Kentucky Military History Museum, was built in 1850 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, it housed a cartridge factory that employed many women and was a point of defense for the capital city.


The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs jointly operate the Kentucky Military History Museum. The museum is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for veterans and AAA members and $2 for students. The cost includes entrance to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and a tour of the Old State Capitol.




The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.



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