4444 Dixie Hwy
Louisville, KY 40216
Phone: (502) 447-2096
Fax: (502) 447-2052
4444 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY, US, 40216
- Phone: (502) 447-2096
- Fax: (502) 447-2052
Arts & Museums
Founded in 1927, this is the first and largest public art museum in the area. It holds over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The museum has distinguished collections of 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, 18th century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and significant holdings of contemporary American painting and sculpture. African and Native American works also represent a growing segment of the museum's collection.
Located at the University of Louisville, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium provides an exciting look at the heavens. The 160-seat theater gives audiences a 360-degree view of a realistic night sky from their tilted seats. With special holiday events, daily shows, enlightening lectures, and group discounts, the planetarium is a stellar way to begin or further a lifelong interest in the universe beyond this planet.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is nestled in the charming Old Louisville neighborhood. Steeped in history, this beautiful Victorian building was once the home of William and Elaine Caldwell. It restores the splendid architecture and preserves a collection of antiques and memorabilia that belonged to the Conrad and Caldwell families. Marvel at the original furnishings, exquisite paintings and ornate chandeliers that reflect life in the early 20th Century. This heritage venue forms a great backdrop for weddings and special events.
Located in the Ferguson Mansion, The Filson Historical Society is the best place to check the history of Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. Established in 1884, it was named after John Filson, an early Kentucky explorer. It has since then chronicled these regions stories through countless documents, books, artifacts, portraits, historic photographs and prints, manuscripts and more.
Their headquarters building contains a number of copies and original artwork that commemorate the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of the African American community in the state. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, it aims to create awareness among the public. To celebrate their vibrant heritage, it also hosts poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all in one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Tours are offered every day but Sunday. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or drop in to the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions (event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function).
Located in the Historic Russell District, this African American Museum offers a variety of unique exhibits and special events.
Reenactments, music, photography, lectures, and artifacts are just some of the many ways the Frazier International History Museum helps bring the excitement of history to a contemporary audience. This 100,000 square-foot, three-floor museum's permanent collection includes Theodore Roosevelt's "Big Stick," Daniel Boone's bible, and Geronimo's bow. Children and adults are sure to be entertained by various daily reenactments, while an ongoing series of historical lectures provides fascinating insights. Groups can rent designated areas of the museum, including the fifth-floor roof garden, overlooking the Ohio River.
Looming like an all-American obelisk over downtown Louisville, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized the world over as the biggest, bestest piece of ash in existence. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to as well-rounded a baseball experience as could be offered at even the most premiere ballparks in the league. You'll be immersed in history, technology and heart for the better part of an afternoon. The best part is the brief tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real live Louisville Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber like golden fleece spun out of dirty lamb's wool.
The Louisville Science Center is the place to be for family fun in downtown Louisville. From interactive exhibits to educational events and IMAX presentations, there's something here for kids of all ages. Exhibits focus on both general science and regional specialties such as agriculture, and rotating traveling shows keep visitors enthralled year round. See website for full calendar, movie showtimes and more.
Ever wanted to learn tapestry weaving or carve delicate features from stone? The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft is the place to explore hidden talents in their array of workshops, browse art exhibits in the gallery, and shop for unique gifts at the gift store. Workshops for adults and children teach skills as varied as quilt-making and drawing, and classes are also offered for special needs students. Constantly-changing art exhibits and a permanent collection charge a small fee for admittance.