Department of Parks
New Theater at John James Audubon Opens April 19

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 17, 2014  
Contact Information:  Mark Kellen,

HENDERSON, Ky. – John James Audubon State Park will open its new museum theater April 19.


The 47-seat Audubon Theater and Discovery Center will allow museum guests to see a short film about Audubon as they begin their gallery tour. The project was funded by the Friends of Audubon and with coal-severance funds through Henderson Fiscal Court.


“The Kentucky State Parks are grateful to everyone who contributed money and time to this project,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “This will help attract more visitors to this park and make their experience so much more meaningful.”


The theater will also be used for other films, special events, lectures and museum programs. The theater will be open during regular museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at other times for special events.


John James Audubon State Park is the site where Audubon studied and painted birds from 1810-1819. The park is equipped with cottages and a campground, and offers many recreational opportunities, including a nine-hole golf course, six miles of hiking trails, fishing and more. It also has a museum and nature center that interprets Audubon’s life through a collection of his paintings and memorabilia. For more information, visit 


The park is located on U.S. 41 in the northern outskirts of Henderson, ½-mile south of the U.S. 41 bridge over the Ohio River.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at