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Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY


  • Entrance to the Kentucky Artisan Center
  • Interior View of Kentucky Artisan Center
  • Interior View of Kentucky Artisan Center
  • Picture of a Artist Demonstrating
  • Picture of Glass Plates & Bowls
  • Interior View of Kentucky Artisan Center

Visit the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, the “Folk Arts and Craft Capitol of Kentucky” as part of this group motorcoach vacation package. Located at 200 Artisan Way, just minutes from downtown Berea, Kentucky, the Kentucky Artisan Center started out as a local initiative in Madison County, following the tornado that struck Berea, Kentucky’s Old Town area in 1996, damaging a number of artisan shops and weakening these artisans and other’s ability to market their work with visitors to the state. Since its beginnings, the Kentucky Artisan Center has evolved into a state-of the art facility that celebrates Kentucky’s artisan heritage and encourages Kentuckians and those traveling through Kentucky to enjoy Kentucky artisan products and activities. 


Visiting the Kentucky Artisan Center

During your visit to this 25,000-square-foot facility, shop for Kentucky products, explore Kentucky crafts and arts through special exhibits and learn about Kentucky artists and artisans. Kentucky cuisine is available in the center’s Café and Grill.

Shopping in Kentucky Artisan Center

Whether you are looking for something unique for yourself or a gift for a loved one, the Kentucky Artisan Center features a wide range of quality Kentucky products available to purchase in its shop and gallery areas.  Shop for fanciful garden sculptures, hand-woven shawls, pewter and silver jewelry, books by Kentucky authors, Kentucky related paintings, dulcimer and classical music, photographs taken throughout Kentucky, barbeque sauces, hand-crafted canes, Kentucky notecards and authentic honeysuckle baskets.

Kentucky Artisan Center Exhibits

The Kentucky Artisan Center regularly features changing exhibits of artisan works and displays that represent Kentucky’s cultural heritage attractions. Marvel at artisan works and learn about the artisans themselves and the materials they use to create their work. At the center, you will find works by over 650 Kentucky artisans living all across the Commonwealth. Works include superbly crafted glass, pottery, woodworking, metal work, paper, jewelry, specialty foods, music and books.

Dining at Kentucky Artisan Center’s Café and Grill

Be sure to visit the Kentucky Artisan Center’s Café and Grill to enjoy Kentucky cuisine. Enjoy the Café’s traditional lunch menu featuring hot daily entrées, sides and bread. At the Grill, hot and cold sandwiches and sides such as steak fries, onion rings, potato chips and coleslaw are available. If you only have a few minutes to spare, Café Express serves soup and salad, delectable deserts like bourbon bread pudding, derby pie, homemade cookies and Valentines Gourmet Ice Cream as well as other freshly made snacks.

Travel Tips

-          The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea hosts special artisan events throughout the year such as book readings and signings, informal music performances and food tastings. Visit the official Kentucky Artisan Center website to learn more about what’s happening at the Kentucky Artisan Center.


-          The Kentucky Artisan Center offers up-to-date information about working artisan studios, artisan demonstrations and workshops as well as other events in the region and across the state of Kentucky.


-          A representative from Berea Tourism can be found on site to assist you with any questions you may have about Berea or the surrounding area.