Since opening in 1978, the International Museum of the Horse has been devoted to collecting and compiling the nation’s largest equine based collection for education and scholarly research.
The artifact collection has grown to over 16,000 objects and photographs devoted to the history of the horse. It encompasses both fine and folk art, as well as natural history, historical tack, trophies from world-renowned athletes, horse-drawn vehicles, photography, and the outdoor sculptures seen throughout the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Museum’s collections are available for scholarly research, reproduction, and institutional loan.
Please email the Curator of Collections for help with these requests.
Library & Archives
IMH’s Library & Archives is home to over 5,000 volumes, including over 1,000 rare volumes dating back to the 16th century. The Archives house the collections of Mary Jane Gallaher, Mary Littauer, the Purebred Arabian Trust, and Kent Hollingsworth among others.
The Library & Archives are non-circulating and visits are by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Research services are also available for an hourly fee. The Library holdings are searchable online. Please contact the Curator of Collections to schedule an appointment.