Private Events

Jerry E. Baker Residence

Constructed in the early 1970s, the Baker Residence was home to the founder of Baker Arboretum and Downing Museum, Jerry Ellis Baker (1931-2017). Furnished with fine and decorative arts from around the world, the Baker Home is an elegant space available for corporate rentals and events. Can accomodate up to 30.

Downing Museum

A truly modern experience! The museum’s state-of-the-art design and contemporary art holdings offer the perfect backdrop for your small reception or gathering. The museum can accomodate up to 40 for seated events and 150 for non-seated events.

Baker Arboretum

Boasting studding views of our Asian maples and conifers 365 days a year, the Baker Arboretum is perfect for your outdoor wedding or events. Accommodations vary.

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In Memory of Jerry E. Baker (1931-2017)

Jerry E. Baker, renowned south central Kentucky philanthropist, passed away at his home at the Baker Arboretum on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Mr. Baker was a longtime supporter of the arts and humanities in Kentucky, gifting his $17 million estate to WKU for the purpose of education and public enjoyment. Together with Mitchell Leichhardt (1924-2017) and Joe Downing (1925-2007), he founded and constructed the Baker Arboretum and Downing Museum. His history of support for local organizations is unrivaled and will continue to be felt across the region through his philanthropic endeavors. The true image of a gentleman, Mr. Baker will be missed by his many friends and colleagues. His obituary is listed on the JC Kirby & Son’s Website.