United States

122 South Cherry Street

Phone: 270 338 2605
Website: http://www.duncancultural

Duncan Cultural Center Museum & Art Gallery

Beautiful stained glass windows in the dining room as they were in 1912

William Graham Duncan, Owner of The Duncan Coal Company, built this beautiful home located on the corner of Cherry Street in Greenville KY. This magnificent home was originally constructed for $10000.00.

The Duncan Museum and Art Gallery is beauty to behold with its Spanish Mission design and red tiled roof. Great detail was given to every aspect of the home which today, is listed on the National Historical Register.

The interior of this home is equally magnificent. You will find beautifully paneled walls made of cherry, walnut and mahogany. In the living room, Beveled glass enhances the doors of the original built in bookcases. The original living room chandelier was added in 2005. In 2006, the fireplace and mantle were restored back to the elegance of the 1912 original design. In the dining room, tiger oak gives warmth to the walls and the beautiful stained glass bay windows bring floods of light into the room. One can be awed at the workmanship that went into the original inlaid hardwood floors. Focus is on replacing the furniture back to the 1912 period.

This home was in the Duncan family for many years. William Graham Duncan's, grandson, Hamilton Richardson Duncan Sr., moved into the house in 1943 and raised his family. In 1986, Hamilton R. Duncan, Sr. graciously donated the house to the City of Greenville. In 1987 the beautiful residence became the home of The Duncan Cultural Center Museum and Art Gallery. There is a wealth of information found in the Museum which reflects the heritage of people, place... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Coal Museum, a permanent exhibit at the Center brings visitors from our local and regional area and from all over the country that have ties with the coal industry. The Museum contains a wealth of coal history in equipment, pictures, books, documents, ledgers and much more. Probably the most cherished item to the Coal Museum is the handcar pictured below. The handcar was restored by William "Lat" Raymer, Jr, and donated to the museum in memory of his father, William Raymer, Sr. The handcar was originally used by the Duncan Coal Company owned by William Graham Duncan . Muhlenberg County is composed of about 400 square miles of land, all of which is under laid with coal. Muhlenberg County earned the place of being the largest coal producer in the United States in 1964, 1969, and 1970. In the early days, coal wasn�t paid much attention in the area until David Dale Owen published a report of the Geological Survey of Kentucky in 1854. Owen reported that coals No. 12, No. 11, and No. 9 were found in twenty-five different areas in the county�most of which were along the Green River. The Green River offered a convenient location for transportation facilities. Many mining companies were established along the two lines of the Elizabethtown and Paducah and the Owensboro and Russellville Railroads upon their completion in the late 1800�s. Coal Mining in the early days was a dangerous job with very little pay, on average $3 -5 dollars a day. Over 7,000 miners have lost their lives in Kentucky mines since 1890. In 1969, Federal Mine Safety Laws were established resulting in a major decline of deaths in the field. Today on average a miner will bring home about $800 dollars ...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Jan 22 2007 Open House Dates & Time Begin Normal schedule Monday-Friday 1-4
Feb 15 4-6 p.m. Black History Month
March 17 10-2 p.m. Muhlenberg County Quilters
April 12 4-6 p.m. MNHS and MSHS Art Students

Forthcoming exhibitions

May 25 4-6 p.m. Mini-Exhibit
June 15 4-7 pm. Artist Dianne Hildebrant, Hopkinsville
July 9 4-6 p.m.
Artist Kelly Harper
Aug 9 4-6 Soft Pastel Artist, Lucinda Scharf
October Date TBA Kentucky Native American History
Nov 10 2-4 p.m. Veterans Celebration
Dec 9 1-4 p.m. Duncan Cultural Center Community Open House Celebration


Admission is free but donations are welcome

Opening hours

Art Gallery hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm

Museum internal and external photos (6)

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Group tours of twenty or more may be arranged by calling Peggy Gossett, Director at 270-338-2605


LIFE, $250

A member may step up to the next category by paying the difference between the categories; for example, by paying $250 a life member can become a patron. Membership donations are due by January 15 each year and are tax deductible.

Membership is open to all who are interested in preserving the art and history of Muhlenberg County. Your membership support is greatly appreciated.

Venue hire

Need a lovely place for class reunions, meetings, showers, and dinner parties? The Center with the beautiful stained glass bay windows makes an elegant setting for a dinner party, a dinner for two, and other special events.

For rental details call 270-338-2605.