LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2012)-The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse (IMH), in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, is reminding the public that its current blockbuster exhibition, The Horse, will be open only through April 6.
From the horse’s earliest ancestors grazing on the plains of what is now Nebraska, to a magnificent contemporary Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture, the eternal bond between horses and humans is explored in the largest equestrian traveling exhibition ever assembled. The Horse graphically portrays the horse’s impact on trade, transportation, labor, warfare, culture, and sports. It showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas, and cultural objects from around the world, including many from the American Museum of Natural History’s world famous collections.
The New York Times called this exhibition “charming and illuminating” and “an uplifting example of how horses enrich our lives.” The New York Post said, “You absolutely must see it.”
The Horse is divided into six major sections: The Evolution of Horses; Horses and Hunters; Domesticating Horses; The Nature of Horses; How We Shaped Horses and Horses Shaped Us; and, An Enduring Bond.
Visitors will enjoy seeing more than 140 artifacts and cultural objects from around the world including a complete Samurai saddle from Japan, a full suit of 15th-century German horse armor, and Native American horse accoutrements. Bringing the exhibit to life are a stunning 220-square foot diorama that depicts the horse’s ancestors, a high-definition video that captures in slow motion the rippling muscles of a Thoroughbred race horse, and an interactive video of a life-size horse where visitors can investigate a horse’s pulmonary and digestive systems and other biological traits.
The Horse is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, United Arab Emirates; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau-Ottawa; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Curator of the exhibition is Ross MacPhee.
Admission to The Horse is included with park admission, which also includes admission to the entire International Museum of the Horse, the Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries and the American Saddlebred Museum.
Park Hours and Special Group Rates: The park is open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm through Nov 4. Admission, which includes The Horse is $16/adults, $8/children ages 7-12, and children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. Group rates are $12/adults, $9/students (13-high school) and $6/children.
For more information on group tours, contact Hope McDowell in Gruop Sales, 859-259-4225 or [email protected].