Louisville, KY Metro Museums

Louisville, KY Metro Museums, Louisville, Kentucky (D)

Louisville is a medium size, beautiful city in Northern Kentucky,on the banks of the Ohio River,with lots to see and do. This guide is a directory of all the museums in the Greater Louisville Metro area and closeby. The museums are of all types,including: Science, Art, Nature,History,etc. I have included the name of each museum,the address,phone number,website,GPS coordinates,a picture and brief description of each museum.
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Sights Featured in This Article

Guide Name: Louisville, KY Metro Museums
Guide Location: USA » Louisville
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Attractions: 16
Author: Valerie Barnard
Author Bio: I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I've lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 1972. I also spend much of my time in Fairfield, Iowa, where I take part in a World Peace Assembly. I have a B.A. in Art Education, M.A in Expressive Therapy and an M.A. in Vedic Science. I'v taught school, practiced Art Therapy and worked for a political party. I am presently a tour guide. My interests include writing, traveling, photography, art, swimming, gardening and reading.
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Frazier International History Museum
  • The Filson Historical Society
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Portland Museum
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Historic Locust Grove
  • The Speed Art Museum
  • Carnegie Center for Art and History
  • Howard Steamboat Museum
  • American printing House for the Blind Callahan Museum
  • Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center
  • Glassworks
  • Louisville Stoneware
Louisville Science Center

1) Louisville Science Center

The Louisville Science Center is Kentucky's largest hands-on Science Center with 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibits and a 4-story tall IMAX theater. Some exhibits are permanent, while others change. There is a special "Kid's Space" for young children, a room with toys and activities designed for young children, and locked doors that make it easy to keep an eye toddlers."The World Around Us" is a permanent exhibit that brings natural and earth sciences to life. Also explore "The World Within Us" and "The World We Create". The museum has elevators for handicapped and elderly visitors. It also has a fast food restaurant in the building. Street parking is available, as well as a lot behind the building. Museum and IMAX tickets may be purchased seperately or together. Plan to spend the day. Exhibit admission- adult-$13, children 2-12-$16, Sun.-Thurs.-9:30am-5pm, Fri.and Sat.- 9:30am-9pm EST. Last admission is one hour before closing. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24&25.
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Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

2) Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art and craft heritage of Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft provides a platform to explore materials, techniques, and artistic expression. Their goal is to educate and inspire while promoting a better understanding of art and craft through exhibitions, collaborations, outreach and the permanent collection. The Museum annually offers large-scale exhibitions in its three gallery spaces as well as highlights from its permanent collection. KMAC’s exhibitions and programming attract visitors on a daily basis as well as record crowds for special event nights and on monthly Trolley Hop nights. Admission- adults-$6, seniors and military-$5, children under 12 and students-free. Group of 10 or more-$3. Mon.-Fri.-10am-5pm, Sat.-11am-5pm EST.
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Louisville Slugger Museum

3) Louisville Slugger Museum

The Hillerich and Bradsby Co. Complex includes the world's biggest baseball bat, a 120 foot, 68,000 lb. bat, at the entrance! The 24,000 sq. ft. museum has interactive displays, exhibits and a film highlighting the history of the company and baseball's greatest hitters. Museum guests conclude their visit with a tour of the factory where the Louisville Slugger bats are made. Small personalized bats are available for purchase. Year round, Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm.,Sun. noon-5pm EST. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission-$10, seniors-$9, 5 and under free. On-street parking available.
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Frazier International History Museum

4) Frazier International History Museum

The museum brings to life every day, through live intrepretations by costumed interpreters, multimedia presentations, educational programming and hands-on learning. Covering 1,000 years of history, the museum's priceless collection is housed in a 100,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility on downtown Louisville's Historic West Main Street. The Frazier Museum is the only institution to have a partnership with the British Royal Armouries, making it the only museum of it's kind in the world! Mon.,Tues.,Thurs.,Fri.,Sat.- 9am-5pm, Wed.- 9am-8pm, Sun-10am-5pm EST. Adults-15-59-$10.50, seniors-%8.50, military- $9.50, college students (with valid ID)- $7.50, children 5-14-$6, under 4-free, teachers, and museum members- free. Group packages are available.

The Frazier Museum has several nearby parking options. The parking lot adjacent to the museum on 9th Street is $5 for the whole day ($3 for members). Also, there are parking meters near the museum’s main entrance and a parking garage nearby on 8th Street.
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The Filson Historical Society

5) The Filson Historical Society

The Ferguson Mansion, built in 1905, is a fine example of Beaux-Arts Architecture and was one of the most expensive homes in louisville at the time. It now houses the Filson Historical Society collection of antebellum portraiture and other displays. Free self-guided tour. Mon.-Fri.- 9am-5pm, Sat.- 9am-noon. Free.
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Muhammad Ali Center

6) Muhammad Ali Center

Innovative exhibits, public programs, and global initiatives carry on Muhammad's legacy and inspire exploration of the greatness within ourselves.Interactive exhibits, civil rights movement, boxing ring, core values, multimedia presentations - Teach history and peace.

Open Mon.-Sat.-9:30 am-5 pm, Sun.-12-5 pm EST.
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Portland Museum

7) Portland Museum

The museum brings to life the history of the lower end of the Falls with a terrain model of the Falls of the Ohio, dioramas, and life-like mannequins. Tues.-Fri.-10:00 am-4;30 pm EST.
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Kentucky Derby Museum

8) Kentucky Derby Museum

Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby every day at the Kentucky Derby Museum, the world's largest museum of it's kind. Enjoy hands-on, computerized exhibits, 360-degree multi-media show (the Greatest Race), and resident retired racehorse. Tour behind the scenes of Churchill Downs to see the jockey's quarters, Millionaire Row, and the press box, or take the barn and backside tours. Mon.-Sat.-8:00 am-5:00 pm, Sun.-11:00 am- 5:00 pm EST. Adults-$13,Seniors-$12, Students-$11, Children 5-12-$5, under 5-free. (select Tours available at additional cost). Cafe & Gift Shop.
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Historic Locust Grove

9) Historic Locust Grove

National Historic Landmark Site includes house, museum, gardens and grounds with exhibits and gift shop. This 1790 National Historic Landmark on 55 acres was the last home of Revolutionary War Hero, General George Rogers Clark. The Visitor Center houses a museum store and a new permanent exhibit, "A Country Worth Defending: Land and Family in Early Kentucky". Open all year. House opens daily-10am-4:30pm., Sun.-1-4:30pm. Last guided tour, 3:15pm EST. Admission-$8, seniors(60+)-$7, students and children, 6-12-$4, under 6-free.
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The Speed Art Museum

10) The Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, now colloquially referred to as the Speed by locals, is the oldest, largest, and foremost Museum of Art in Kentucky. It is located in Louisville, Kentucky, in historic Third Street, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, next to the University of Louisville Belknap campus. The museum offers visitors a variety of unique art experiences and holds collections spanning 6,000 years. Works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, Reubens, and Moore, Modern American, African, Ancient and Native American artists. Museum Shop- Wed.,Thurs.and Sat.-10am-5pm, Fri.-10am-9pm, Sun.-noon-5pm EST. Admission-$10, children-$5.
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Carnegie Center for Art and History

11) Carnegie Center for Art and History

Contemporary art gallery, local history museum. Located in the historic, 1904, former Carniege Library in downtown New Albany, IN, 5 minutes and across the Ohio river from downtown Louisville. It offers changing exhibits (7 art exhibits annually and two permanent history exhibits), hand-carved dioramas and an underground railroard exhibit. Free tours year-round. Open Tues.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm EST. Free admission.
Howard Steamboat Museum

12) Howard Steamboat Museum

This stately 22-room Victorian Mansion was built in 1890 by a famed ship building family. Displays include models of the Robert E. Lee and the Indiana, as well as 1893 furniture and shipyard artifacts. Original furnishings, steamboat models, tools and artifacts. Just a few minutes, across the river from downtown Louisville. Personal, informative, guided tours. Tues.-Sat.-10am-4pm, Sun.-1-4pm EST. Admission- $6, seniors-$5, students- 6yrs.-college-$3.50, under 6 free.
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American printing House for the Blind Callahan Museum

13) American printing House for the Blind Callahan Museum

The exhibits include artifacts relating to the history of the education of the blind and visually impaired including products and machinery from the American Printing House, founded in 1858. APH is the world's largest non-profit company that makes products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Mon.-Fri.-8am-4:30pm, Sat.-10am-3pm. Guided tours- Mon.-Thurs.-10am and 2pm EST. Free.
Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center

14) Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center

A nature, environmental and educational center at the Falls of the Ohio State Park overlooking the Falls of the Ohio, a 350-million-year-old fossil reef from prehistoric times to present. Interpretive Center and Clark Cabin highlight natural and cultural history of the area including fossil beds and Lewis and Clark. Minutes from downtown louisville in Clarksville,IN. Mon.-Sat.-9am-5pm, Sun.-1-5pm EST. Admission: Mon.-Thurs.-$4, children 2-18-$1- Sun.-$5, children-$2.
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15) Glassworks

Glassworks is the only facility of its kind in the country, bringing together an array of glass artists and galleries in one location. Visitors experience a rich portrayal of the magic, mystery and beauty of glass as they tour the Glassblowing, Flameworking and Architectural Glass studios and learn about the variety of techniques through the working artists from around the world. Glass blowing classes, workshops, and restaurant. Self-guided tours- Mon.-Sat.-10am-5pm EST. Guided tours- Sat. or by appointment.
Louisville Stoneware

16) Louisville Stoneware

In Downtown Louisville, just off Broadway. Witness artistry in the making with a tour of one of the nation's oldest and most revered manufacturing firms. Watch talented artists at work creating functional art for your home and garden. Tour the "History of Stoneware" museum. Visit the factory retail showroom. Tours: Mon.-Fri.-10:30am & 1:30pm. 8 or more by reservation only. Adults and children-$7. Paint Your Own Pottery and Studio One open: Mon.-Fri.,10am-5pm, last seating-3:30pm. Showroom open: Mon.-fri.,10am-6pm- Sat.,10am-5pm EST.
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