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Celebrating 20 years of the Frazier History Museum

The Frazier is almost old enough to drink.

The Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Frazier Museum calls the former Doerhoefer Building home. It once housed a company that claimed the be the largest producer of pants in America.

Photo courtesy Lousiville Tourism

The Frazier History Museum is celebrating 20 years as one of the crown jewels of Louisville’s museum scene. Here’s a brief look at some of the museum’s own history:

  • The museum opened to the public on May 22, 2004.
  • It’s been known by two other names: the Frazier Historical Arms Museum + the Frazier International History Museum.
  • The initial collection included ~1,500 items that were donated from Owsley Brown Frazier, a philanthropist and member of the Brown Family.
  • The building was constructed in 1898 when it was known as the Doerhoefer Building. It was designed by D. X. Murphy and Bros. architectural firm, who also designed the twin spires at Churchill Downs.

To celebrate its birthday, the Frazier will host a “Night at the Museum” gala on April 12. Plus, museum memberships are $20 all year, and anyone who is 20 years old gets in free.

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