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about us

our mission

The Inland Waterways Museum stimulates curiosity and understanding of our nation's vital river system through real stories and interactive experiences for people of all ages.

our history

The Inland Waterways Museum is located within the oldest surviving antebellum building in Paducah's historic downtown. This two-story, double-pile, brick structure was built in 1843 to house the newly formed branch Bank of Louisville. Today, the beautifully restored second floor, the Founders Room, overlooks the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.
Our building now serves as a center for children and adults, visitors and tourists to explore the wonders that are our nation's great rivers. 


meet the team


Polly Brasher Executive Director

Caroline veatch Marketing Coordinator

russell orr Education Coordinator

Shire drageavaere Museum Manager

Board of directors
Kathy Buri Chairman
Sarah Stowers Treasurer
Niki Stuber Secretary
Paul Bradford
Jana dawson
elizabeth dorsey
britana finke
mary hammond 
jacey myers
olivia petter
melanie reason
Brandon Rousseau 

rob warden
christa white

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