Museum Targets Younger Audience With "Arabian Horse Galleries"

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – A $10 million addition to the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park is now complete with the opening of a new permanent exhibit.

The Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries explores the history of the oldest horse breed from its ancient beginnings to its significance in film and literature. But museum representative Katie Wilson says the Arabian Horse Galleries should not be confused with another exhibit that opened two weeks ago.

"Gift from the Desert is very interesting in its artifacts that it displays, so you can see some amazing artifacts that have never been out of their home counties and beautiful things that you'll never see anywhere else in the world. Arabian Galleries, we do have wonderful artifacts, but we also feature high-tech computer interaction. It's visually stimulating."

Wilson says the galleries exhibit is geared more toward children.

Major funding for the project was made possible by the Purebred Arabian Trust, which once housed its own Arabian horse museum in Colorado before closing in 2001.

The Lexington exhibit opens to the public on June 14th.