Adopt an Artifact

Our 30,000+ artifacts are supported entirely by private donations. But it takes a lot to care for them, such as boxes and tissue paper to store them, climate control equipment, and hiring expert conservationists to keep artifacts in suitable condition for study and exhibition. In this work, every dollar counts.

You can support our collections by Adopting an Artifact. Through this program, you symbolically adopt an artifact of your choosing. You’ll receive an adoption certificate and recognition in online and exhibit labels for your chosen artifact, while knowing that 100% of your gift is directly preserving and caring for our collection.

There are three ways to give:

  • Museum’s Choice – Make a one-time gift of any amount, and we will select an artifact for you.
  • Sole Adoption – View the artifacts in the links below, choose what you wish to support, and make a gift for the total amount.
  • Co-Adoption – Gather friends, family, and colleagues to pledge small amounts in support of a single artifact. All donors will be listed as co-adopters.

To adopt an artifact, make a gift online or print and mail in the last page of our Wish List.

Historic Toys

$25 per artifact

Our toy collection includes over 2,800 toys, dolls, and games from the late 19th century though 1970. These include cast iron banks and vehicles, tin mechanical toys, miniature furniture, games, and a variety of dolls. Click here to view toys available in KenCat.

If you are searching for a particularly type of toy, please contact us at 270-745-3369.

Contemporary Art

$40 per work

This collection includes over 140 serigraphs, lithographs, chromolithographs, etchings, engravings and block prints by artists such as James Dine, James Rosenquist, Josef Albers, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella. There is also a collection of 35 Block prints by Kentucky artist, Malcolm Arnett. View the collection on our Flickr album.

C. Perry Snell Collection

$250 per artifact

Ranging from the Ancient World to early 1900s, this collection of European treasures represents a broad range of fine art, decorative art, and sculpture. View the artifacts here.

Adopt an Artifact

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