Museums are the cultural hubs of Louisville. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about Derby City or plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 12 museums to visit in our city.
Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St. | $10-$14
Explore three floors of Kentucky history from the immersive Lewis and Clark exhibit to one of the largest collections of historic miniature figurines in the world.
Don’t miss: A pair of overalls that actor George Clooney wore in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in the “Cool Kentucky” exhibit.
Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Ave. | Free
This museum chronicles the history of the Portland neighborhood from when it was an independent town in the 19th century to the cultural gem it is today.
Don’t miss: The future immersive children’s museum expansion called AHOY.
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Ct. | $11-$20
Take a guided or self-guide tour of this Richardsonian 1893 Romanesque mansion filled with artifacts from the families that lived there through the 1930s.
Don’t miss: Several special events are hosted throughout the year at the house, like the annual Spirit Ball Victorian masquerade.
Roots 101 African American Museum, 124 N. 1st St. | $8-$14
This museum was named one of the top 20 museums in the world for its collection of exhibits about the achievements, cultural contributions, and experiences of African Americans.
Thomas Edison House, 729 E. Washington St. | $3-$5
See the house where the famous inventor lived when he was 19-years-old and worked as telegrapher for Western Union. Guided tours are available Tuesday-Thursday.
Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St. | $10-$10, free on Sundays
Find inspiration via art and architecture that spans 6,000 years of human creativity, culture, and experiences at Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum.
Don’t miss: See a film at the Speed Cinema during your visit.
KMAC Contemporary Art Museum, 715 W. Main St. | $0-$6
Nestled on Museum Row, KMAC houses rotating installations from artists around the world.
21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St. | Free
This 24-hour art gallery boasts 9,000-sqft of exhibition space filled with permanent and loaned art.
Don’t miss: Book the Cyclone room and literally sleep in an art piece.
Kentucky Science Center, 727 W. Main St. | $23-$28
One of the Museum Row originals since 1977, this science museum boasts three floors of interactive exhibits + a four-story IMAX theater.
Don’t miss: The Foucault pendulum in the lobby that knocks down tiny, neon pegs every hour.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 W. Main St. | $14-$22
See where the iconic baseball bat is made, follow its journey from forest to field, and learn the role it played in baseball history + leave with a free mini-bat.
Don’t miss: Snap a pic with the 120-ft tall exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat.
Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St. | $10-$18
Learn about the life of “The Greatest” and his accomplishments as a boxer and activist.
Don’t miss: Box with the champ in the “Train With Ali.”
Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave. | $18-$25
Located next door to Churchill Downs, visitors can peruse two-floors of horse racing exhibits + watch a 360°, 18-minute media experience.
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