I recently had the pleasure of visiting the John James Audubon Museum located in Henderson, Kentucky. The museum is situated within John James Audubon State Park, just south of the Ohio River and Evansville, Indiana.
The museum displays one of the world’s largest collections of original Audubon art that made the wildlife artist a legend. The museum’s four exhibit halls chronicle Audubon’s life, including his 1810-1819 residence in Henderson. Highlights of the collection include the American Bald Eagle oil, a four-volume edition of the Birds of America, handwritten journals and the silver service Audubon sent from England to his wife, Lucy.
Within the French designed building that houses the museum you will also find a nature center, education rooms/offices and an elaborate bird watching/viewing room. I was so impressed with the feeder stations, when I returned home I built my bird feeding stations to mimic those at the museum. Of course no museum is complete without a gift shop. One of the more impressive items in the gift shop sales were several large beautifully framed Audubon prints, $300-$500 each. Unframed Audubon prints were available for $25.00 and up.
Audubon State Park consists of 700 acres of primarily hilly forests that includes a lake, old-growth trees and trails. Well maintained cabins and campsites are available as well as several nearby hotels. Entrance to the park is free. If you wish to tour the museum there is a $4.00 charge, well worth it in my opinion.
I highly recommend a visit to this park and museum, open daily 10-5. It’s an easy drive from the Terre Haute area and for you birders, some of the state’s best birding spots along the way, such as Gibson Lake, Patoka NWR, Eagle Slough and Wessleman Woods.
By Marty Jones