Wrather West Kentucky Museum

(Wrather Hall)

In 1924 the first permanent building, the Administrative Building, was constructed on the campus of Murray State. It was used for campus classes, chapel, pep rallies, debates and plays; it also housed the bookstore, post office, a dining room, science laboratories and the administrative offices. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 18, 1975. Shortly following that, the facility was extensively renovated and dedicated as the Wrather West Kentucky Museum on September 22, 1982. It was named for long-time administrator, M.O. Wrather. 

 The primary mission of the Wrather West Kentucky Museum is to highlight and promote an understanding of the social, cultural and economic development of West Kentucky and the Jackson Purchase. Acquisitions, exhibits and special programs support this mission. Both permanent and changing exhibits are open to the public at no charge.

 The Wrather Museum is located at North 16th Street and University Drive on the campus of Murray State University.
The museum is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Current Temporary Exhibits:


The Bloodroot Mound Site: A Prehistoric Community in Western Kentucky. February 13 - May 12th, 2017.

  American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Portfolio. January 11 - March 15, 2017.

Upcoming Temporary Exhibits:

Breach by Allison Saar. June 9 - August 23, 2017.

Portraits in Soul. Photographs from the Stax Soul Museum. Septemeber - December, 2017.

Hometown Teams (a Smithsonian traveling exhibit). October 6 - November 10, 2018.


Permanent exhibits