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Cumberland Museum, Williamsburg

#66 of 124 in Museums in Kentucky
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The Cumberland Inn & Museum, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, are owned and operated by University of the Cumberlands. The facility opened in May 1994 as a way for Cumberland College to offer its students a positive work experience while promoting the college to visitors.
They currently employ over 60 college students on both a part and full-time basis. The students work in every area of the hotel, including the museum, the conference center and the inn's Patriot Steakhouse.
The Henkelmann Life Science Collection has "hundreds of specimens ranging from the petite short-tailed Shrew to the gigantic Polar Bear, procured by Henry and Mary Henkelmann on expeditions from Africa to the Arctic. The animals are displayed in surroundings created to match their natural habitats. A visit to this great exhibit fosters an appreciation of the beauty of life."
The Robert O. Williams museum now contains over 7,000 crosses and crucifixes. The collection started when as a chaplain in the Air Force Williams he became aware of the special symbolism the cross had for Christians and of the variety of forms that had been used to portray this symbol.
The museum's collections were featured on Kentucky Educational Television.
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  • The animals have been moved. They were provided to help fill up the Noah's Ark exhibit which is up the interstate a bit. The only problem is that the Ark Encounter costs $40 per person where the...  more »
  • Was this moved to another place? It was such an amazing museum. Each time we went, we noticed different animals we hadn't noticed before. So sad it was gone.  more »
  • Service was great. I stayed in a pet-friendly room with exterior & interior entrance/exit. It was very convenient. Location is within walking distance to some fast food restaurants. Complimentary breakfast is included.
  • The Staff were very kind and the lobby is beautiful..BUT BED BUGS were in our first room. We always check the room before getting settled in and thank goodness we do! My husband found lots of casings and one bug. We called down to the front desk and they told us they would send the maintenance man to check what we found, which is their policy. My husband and I both work in the housing industry, so we understand these things happen. The maintenance man came to our room and agreed with my husbands assessment of the problem. They offered us another room and we said that would be fine, we went to the new room and my husband did his search again, and sure enough, he found another bed bug. This room was even down the hall on the opposite side of the hotel. This bug was dead, but we weren't sticking around to see if there were any lives ones to be found. So thankful we could find another hotel in the area as we were tired from our long day of traveling. So very disappointed. The staff were wonderful.. They really need to do better checks of their rooms with professional pest control to avoid this in the future.
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