A riverboat passes a mural-covered flood wall on the Ohio River
A creative enclave steeped in history
At the heart of America's inland waterways, the Ohio River contributes to the constant flow of Paducah's engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colorful revitalization of the LowerTown Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and a globally-celebrated creative culture.
Connect with your creativity in Paducah. Take a hands-on workshop. Learn to quilt, paint, sculpt, write, cook or perform. Adult and youth experiences are available for all skill levels and creative interests. Paducah's creative community inspires, educates and fosters connection through the arts.
Or simply relax and immerse yourself in Paducah’s creative energy. As a UNESCO Creative City, Paducah welcomes artists from around the world to share culture and craft through exhibitions, workshops and performances. The Yeiser Art Center, Maiden Alley Cinema and Gallery, Market House Theatre, Clemens Fine Art Center and the Carson Center all contribute to Paducah's rich diversity of ongoing cultural offerings ranging from live theatre, to exhibitions, to art films, to classical performances by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.
Paducah's Artist Relocation Program drew working artists of all types to participate in the city's creative energy and reside in its oldest residential neighborhood, now home to the expanding campus of Paducah School of Art & Design.
Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah's origins and prosperity can be attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. The combination of southern charm and hospitality that originated with Paducah's founding is still alive and well in this vibrant river city.
Visitors can take a journey on America's inland waterways from the era of Paducah's earliest inhabitants to the city's modern day life on the river through captivating stories, interactive exhibits and music at the River Discovery Center.
From the Civil War to civil rights, Paducah's narrative is intricately connected to America's history. Visit the Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum to learn about Paducah's pivotal role during the Civil War. The Hotel Metropolitan provides a look at the lives of famous African American guests during the time of segregation.
Paducah's history is reflected and preserved in its architecture and historic attractions, including the 1905 Market House, Market House Museum and "Wall to Wall" Murals, named the Top Attraction in Kentucky by TripAdvisor in 2014.