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Educational Activities - Old State Capital

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Kentucky Historical Society


Field Trips to the Old State Capitol

A field trip to the Old State Capitol can be easily combined with a visit to the Thomas D. Clark
Center for Kentucky History or the Kentucky State Capitol or any of the other sites on the
Frankfort Public Art Tour. If you want to use your field trip to explore sites of historical
significance in Frankfort, visit the Kentucky History Interactive Timeline for information about
other sites.

If you would like to use your field trip to explore sites of architectural interest in Frankfort, visit
the Frankfort Architecture Interactive Tour for information about other sites.

Old State Capitol Logistics

All guided and self-guided groups must make reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservations as early
as possible. Homeschool groups are welcome with 10 or more students.

For complete information on tours available and how to reserve a tour, go to

March, April and May are the busiest months of the year, so make your reservations as
early as possible in order to receive your desired tour time.

To make a reservation, complete the Field Trip Reservation Form and submit it by fax or mail.
Fax forms to 502-564-4701. Forms sent by mail should be addressed as follows: Tour
Coordinator, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Scholarships to cover admission fees are available for schools with over 50% of students
qualifying for free or reduced lunch program.

Guided Tours Available:

  • Capitol at Work: Students will analyze artifacts and primary sources through questions and activities and be able to understand how the Old State Capitol was used in the 19th century.
  • A State Invaded: Civil War at the Old State Capitol: Students will analyze artifacts and primary sources through questions and activities and be able to understand the role the Old State Capitol played in the Civil War.

Additional Activities