As we discover where we’re going, it’s important to remember where we’ve been. That’s why the Behringer-Crawford Museum is committed to preserving the rich culture and heritage of Northern Kentucky, while encouraging learners of all ages to find inspiration and enlightenment among it.
Located in the Devou family’s 19th-century home, BCM was established in 1950 to honor the late William Behringer, a Covington native and avid traveler. Its original collection featured an assortment of memorabilia Behringer acquired during his international exploits as well as items unearthed or collected by archeologist and the museum’s first curator, Ellis Crawford. Such curiosities included a black bear, a two-headed calf and other anthropological treasures that are still on display today.
Since then, the transformed museum has widened its regional focus to include cultural history, archaeology and industry, as well as the visual and performing arts. With a diverse permanent collection and rotating exhibitions spotlighting local artists, there are always surprises waiting to be discovered inside—whether it’s an interesting artifact or a newfound passion.
For our youngest historians, NaturePlay@BCM provides a unique opportunity for children to explore nature while learning about the region’s heritage and natural history in an accessible and fun outdoor playspace.
Set among the rolling hills of Devou Park, which offers breathtaking views of the Ohio River, Cincinnati and Covington, BCM presents an opportunity to ground yourself in the present while celebrating the past—and, we hope, learning something to take with you for the future.