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Museum Guide for Louisville

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Louisville is a city that is constantly growing, full of educational museums, special exhibits, and galleries that are unique to the Bluegrass of Kentucky. Whatever your interests, Louisville will easily provide a handful of museums that will have you looking forward to your next visit to the Derby City!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Speciality Museums

Kentucky Derby Museum

Speciality Museums

Frazier History Museum

Speciality Museums

21c Museum Hotel

Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums

Kentucky Science Center

Science Museums

Muhammad Ali Center

Speciality Museums

Locust Grove

Historic Sites

Louisville Mega Cavern

Caverns & Caves, Historic Sites

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Mysterious Sites

Jim Beam American Stillhouse

Distilleries

Angela A's City Tips

  • When wanting to stay close to downtown, and the hotel options are booked, keep in mind that the hotels and attractions just over the bridge in Indiana are also a good option!
  • To easily get to areas outside of downtown, there is a very reliable bus service called the TARC. Renting a car is also a great option as Louisville is an easy city to navigate.
  • Keep in mind that if you are visiting during the Kentucky Derby, many attractions are closed, or will be very difficult to get to, due to the high volume of traffic in those areas.
  • If you are visiting Museum Row downtown, you may easily walk from one exciting museum to the next. You may also ride the trolley!
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Slugger Museum is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that every visitor to Louisville simply must have! As well as touring the factory and viewing plenty of fun, interactive exhibits, where else do you have the chance for a photo next to the world's largest baseball bat?!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You may personalize your very own bat here!
    • The huge baseball bat is outside of the front entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Baseball Fans will love this 14/10/2018
    • Amazing! 14/10/2018
    • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
    Address:
    800 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2620
    Phone:
    +1 877-775-8443
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Kentucky Derby Museum is yet another of Louisville's unique museums that you will not find anywhere else on earth! If that's not enough to add it to your list, this museum promises fun for the entire family, with plenty of exhibits focusing on horse racing, including a simulated horse race.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission includes the Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs!
    • The museum is closed on Oaks and Derby Days.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tour especially if they are racing that night 15/10/2018
    • Great family time! 14/10/2018
    • Kentucky Derby Museum
    Address:
    704 Central Ave
    Louisville, KY 40208-1212
    Phone:
    +1 502-637-1111
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    08:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Frazier History Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Frazier History Museum puts visitors face-to-face with historical people, artifacts, and stories. This is an experience that the entire family will enjoy together, with exhibits that captivate the imaginations of all ages, and daily interpretations in which talented actors literally bring history to life before your eyes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Toy Soldier Collection is reason alone to visit!
    • Don't miss the daily interpretations performed in the theater onsite. They feature some of the most interesting local legends.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kentucky History 10/10/2018
    • Lewis & Clark Section 01/10/2018
    • Frazier History Museum
    Address:
    829 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2619
    Phone:
    +1 502-753-5663
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • 21c Museum Hotel
    Speciality Museums, Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The 21c Museum Hotel houses a wonderfully creative, contemporary gallery, that is North America's first space devoted entirely to art of the 21st century. Free rotating exhibits are on display here 24/7, featuring many thought-provoking pieces.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission is always free.
    • The museum is open 24 hours a day, with the video installations open between 7am and 1am.
    • Guided tours are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Weird show, great venue. 14/10/2018
    • Decided to stop in one day this summer 14/10/2018
    • 21c Museum Hotel
    Address:
    700 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2634
    Phone:
    +1 844-577-5542
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Kentucky Science Center
    Science Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Kentucky Science Center is filled with interactive exhibits that really engage curious minds of all ages. While some visitors feel it is a lot more educational than fun, kids really do love this place, and adults may immerse themselves in the joy of science and industry.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a four story theater onsite that shows educational films, as well as entertaining series.
    • The museum is located on Museum Row.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of exhibits for kids to enjoy! 12/09/2018
    • So much to do here, if you can work around the school visits 08/09/2018
    • Kentucky Science Center
    Address:
    727 W Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2681
    Phone:
    +1 800-591-2203
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:30 - 17:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Muhammad Ali Center
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Muhammad Ali Center is a tribute to the boxing legend, who also just happens to be a native of Louisville, Kentucky! This museum offers plenty of inspiring exhibits, as well as incorporating Ali's core principles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to watch the many multimedia presentations scattered throughout the facility.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great understanding of Muhammad Ali 13/10/2018
    • Jeermal Sylvester 12/10/2018
    • Muhammad Ali Center
    Address:
    144 N 6th St
    Louisville, KY 40202-2939
    Phone:
    +1 502-584-9254
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Locust Grove
    Historic Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark in East Louisville, situated on 55 acres of farmland. This 18th-century Georgian mansion interprets what life may have been like during that era, and is a must-visit for all history buffs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a guided tour of the house and grounds.
    • Don't miss the introductory video.
    • Be sure to check their calendar for special events that may coincide with your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful setting.... 04/10/2018
    • A Hidden Gem Not To Be Missed!!! 30/09/2018
    • Locust Grove
    Address:
    561 Blankenbaker Ln
    Louisville, KY 40207-7100
    Phone:
    +1 502-897-9845
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 16:30
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Louisville Mega Cavern
    Caverns & Caves, Historic Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    The Louisville Mega Cavern is at the top of the list for things that you must experience in Louisville! A tram transports visitors below ground through the miles of tunnels that run beneath Louisville, and the onsite museum offers insight on geology, mining, recycling, and the cavern's intended part during the Cold War.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Underground zip lines are also offered!
    • Experience the only underground ropes course in the world... Mega Quest!
    • The original reel of the "Wizard of Oz" is stored in the cavern. Ask your guide to point out the location!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous experience! Great, humorous, and informative guides. 15/10/2018
    • Great guides, safe and beautiful scenery. We had a great time. 15/10/2018
    • Louisville Mega Cavern
    Address:
    1841 Taylor Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40213-1565
    Phone:
    +1 502-855-6342
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Mysterious Sites
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    Angela A Says:

    The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a property that has housed everything from a children's hospital to a tuberculosis treatment center, and is full of history, and, according to many, restless spirits! Guided tours, overnight visits, and special events are hosted at this world famous, historical attraction. Whether you visit for historical significance, or to see if there's any truth in the tales of countless 'haunted-style' television programs, this is a truly one-of-a-kind attraction. Do you dare?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to visit during Halloween so that you can experience their "haunted house" style attraction.
    • Visitors may only experience Waverly through a guided tour. No self explorations are allowed.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 157 things to do in Louisville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this zoo! 09/10/2018
    • Eerie! 07/10/2018
    • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Address:
    4400 Paralee Dr
    Louisville, KY 40272-2692
    Phone:
    +1 502-933-2142
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Jim Beam American Stillhouse
    Distilleries
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    Angela A Says:

    The Jim Bean American Stillhouse is located just a few miles south of Louisville, in the Bourbon capital of the world! For those curious to see just what goes into this famous beverage, look no further.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the guided tour, that leads through the museum, and on through the entire bourbon-making process.
    • Taste test to your heart's content. Be sure to try the bourbon balls!
    • The museum and factory are located in Clermont, a little south of Louisville.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Clermont
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you like Bourbon-many flavors 12/10/2018
    • Worth Doing the Tour, A Fun Afternoon 09/10/2018
    • Jim Beam American Stillhouse
    Address:
    526 Happy Hollow Rd
    Clermont, KY 40110-8900
    Phone:
    +1 502-215-2295
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 16:30
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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