Louisville Downtown Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), Louisville

Louisville is a city famous for its quantity and diversity of museums. The biggest concentration of museums and art galleries can be found downtown. The galleries are represented by the most contemporary and talented artists and the museums exhibit their showpieces with the help of the newest technologies, which makes the visits more entertaining and educational. Visitors of any age and interest will find something interesting in the tour of Louisville's downtown museums and art galleries.
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Guide Name: Louisville Downtown Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Louisville (See other walking tours in Louisville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • E&S Gallery
  • Louisville Glassworks
  • Frazier International History Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Muhammad Ali Center
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E&S Gallery

1) E&S Gallery

E&S Gallery is an art gallery focused on exposing and promoting sculptures and paintings created by African-American artists from the Harlem Renaissance period. The gallery was opened in 1989 by Walter Shannon and his wife, Cathy. The building that houses E&S was bought by the owners in 2003 and was transformed into a splendid two -storey expositional edifice. The gallery is also famous for its framing services. Visitors are welcome Tuesday - Friday: 10.00 - 18.00; Saturdays: 10.00 - 16.00.
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Louisville Glassworks

2) Louisville Glassworks

Louisville Glassworks is a multifunctional center specialized in manufacturing, exposing and selling different items made of glass. It is located in the historic Snead Manufacturing Building. It was initiated in late 1896 and at the present time it is managed by the fifth generation. Visitors have a very wide selection of attractions to visit within the center. There are two galleries - Classworks gallery and Vonfire Gallery, both exposing splendid items made of glass created by national and international artists. There are three studios where guests are welcome to admire the work of the masters and even a workshop where anyone can create his own masterpiece. Louisville Glassworks is open Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00.
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Frazier International History Museum

3) Frazier International History Museum (must see)

The Frazier International History Museum is a three-storey expositional place named in honor of its initiator - Owsley Brown Frazier. The seven thousand square meters of the museum house an immense collection of historically important items, mainly weapons and armors belonging to the UK and the US armies. Some of the showpieces date from the eleventh century. Visitors to the museum will also be delighted to watch live performances by interpretors in costume, diverse movies and other multimedia presentations. The Frazier International History Museum has a gift shop and a cafe. Visitors are welcome Monday - Saturday: 09.00 - 17.00; Sundays: 12.00 - 17.00.
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Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

4) Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory (must see)

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is the most unusual looking museum in Louisville due to the thirty-four tons of steel baseball bat leaning against its building. The interior of the museum contains a big collection of objects related to baseball, especially bats belonging to some of the baseball legends. Besides the exhibition area, visitors are welcome to watch how bats were manufactured in the past. Another attractive thing about the Slugger Museum is that it contains a factory where tourists are able to learn about the modern technology of bat manufacturing, and even order a personalized one. The museum is open Monday - Saturday: 09.00 - 17.00; Sundays - 11.00 - 17.00.
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Louisville Science Center

5) Louisville Science Center (must see)

The Louisville Science Center is one of the most popular places to visit in the city. Initially, in 1871, the museum was opened as the Public Library System of Kentucky's cabinet of curiosities. Today, the museum has the largest hands-on exhibition in the state. The four floors of the center contain approximately one hundred and fifty interactive exponents, from which visitors can learn incredible things about the human body, chemistry, physics and other fields. The center also has a great IMAX cinema theatre where visitors can choose from a wide selection of educational movies. The Louisville Science Center is open Sunday - Thursday: 9.30 - 17.00; Friday - Saturday: 9.30 - 21.00.
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Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

6) Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (must see)

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft was opened in 1981 by the famous Phyllis George Brown, former Miss America and First Lady of Kentucky. The idea of the museum is to promote, support and show off the arts and crafts created by local masters. Over the years, the present exhibition site won many awards and most important - an impeccable reputation. The showpieces of the museum are paintings, sculptures and other visual art items made from wood, metal, glass, rock and other materials. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft has an impressive gift shop available, with more than two hundred masterpieces. Visitors are welcome Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 18.00; Sundays: 10.00 - 17.00.
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Muhammad Ali Center

7) Muhammad Ali Center (must see)

Muhammad Ali Center is a museum that opened in 2005 in honor of the world famous champion. Its construction is most unusual and special. The interior of the center presents Muhammad Ali's biography, his values and principles. A special theatre allows guests to learn about the champion's life from the very beginning. Several screens are installed to show visitors Ali's most famous fights, as well as interviews and other moments reflecting his life and career. Two art galleries are part of the center too - Howard L. Bingham Gallery, exposing photographs of the boxer and LeRoy Neiman Gallery, where visitors are welcome to admire paintings reflecting the champion's fight moments. The center is open Tuesday - Saturday: 9.30 - 17.00; Sundays: 12.00 - 17.00.

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