The Filson’s museum collection represents the rich and varied history of Kentucky. Artifacts range from the pioneer, antebellum, Civil War, and postbellum periods of Kentucky’s history. The Filson’s art collection, which is displayed throughout the Ferguson mansion, contains one of the most extensive collections of antebellum portraiture in Kentucky.  Tours of the Filson campus, including the Ferguson Mansion, are available weekdays at 2pm.

Most museum items are not regularly on display. If you have a question about the museum collection or would like to set up an appointment to view museum items, please contact the Filson's Collections Department at

We want to preserve your history!

If you have items that you would like to donate to The Filson, we want to hear from you. Please contact Curator of Collections James J. Holmberg by email or at (502) 634-8846 for more information on how to donate to The Filson’s collections.

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