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MUSEUMS

Museum Row Regional Museums Historical Sites Distilleries

When many people think about museums they think about history, but here in Kentuckiana we take it to a whole other level. The variety of museums in the area celebrate more than just the history of Kentucky and Indiana, and also boast a sense of pride and appreciation for our diverse culture, arts, talents, and accomplishments. Many of the museums in Louisville and the surrounding area are truly original museums that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Enjoy the permanent and rotating collections in the various art and history museums, such as the Frazier History Museum, or visit a site significant to our nation’s history, like Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, or immerse yourself in the history and craft of one of Kentucky’s famous bourbon distilleries.

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MUSEUM ROW ON MAIN

On Main Street in downtown Louisville you can find ten one-of-kind attractions within four-walkable blocks—a strip known around town as Museum Row. Museum Row on Main includes a variety of museums and attractions including the following:

Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
fraziermuseum.org

A world-class museum where visitors can journey through centuries of British, American, and world history.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.kmacmuseum.org

Get educated and inspired about the craft of art making.Through galleries, exhibitions, and collaborations visitors discover contemporary art and explore the process of creative expression.  

Glassworks
815 West Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
louisvilleglassworks.com

Find three different glass studios under one roof at Glassworks, and discover the fine art of glassblowing with tours, demonstrations, art galleries and other activities.

21c Museum Hotel
700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.21cmuseumhotel.com

Hospitality is combined with a modern art experience with this unique destination. The museum features works by living artists and mesmerizing installations that keep visitors coming back for more. 

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.sluggermuseum.com

It's all about baseball at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Enjoy fun interactive exhibits, discover amazing baseball memorabilia, and experience the our award-winning bat factory tour.

The Muhammad Ali Center
144 North 6th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.alicenter.org

Take a journey through the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali and the ideals and principles that fueled his success. People from all walks of life will leave the museum inspired to be as great as they can be.

Kentucky Science Center
727 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.kysciencecenter.org

Visitors of all ages immerse themselves in the world of science as they explore 3 floors of interactive exhibits offering hands-on science fun for the whole family!

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.kentuckycenter.org

One of the best venues in the area for music, theater and dance serves as a place for entertainment as well as education. 

KentuckyShow!
727 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
kentuckyshow.com

Showing at the Science Center's 4-story digital movie theater, this multi-media presentation captures the history and spirit of Kentucky.

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
528 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
www.evanwilliams.com

Taste the rich history of bourbon on "Whiskey Row" at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, featuring an artisanal distillery, guided tours, and educational Bourbon tastings. Watch and learn the process for making Bourbon.


REGIONAL MUSEUMS

Carnegie Center for Art & History
History Museum & Contemporary Art Gallery
201 East Spring Street
New Albany, IN 47150
www.carnegiecenter.org

Kentucky Derby Museum
An in-depth look into thoroughbred horse racing and the Kentucky Derby.
704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
www.derbymuseum.org

The National Corvette Museum
Showcases the history the Chevrolet Corvette.
350 Corvette Dr
Bowling Green, KY 42101
www.schimpffs.com

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Showcases the lifestyle and craftmanship of the early 1900s.
1402 St. James Court
Louisville, Ky 40208
conrad-caldwell.org

Kentucky Railway Museum
Learn the history and heritage of Kentucky's railroads.
136 S. Main St
New Haven, KY 40051
www.kyrail.org

The Portland Museum
Local history of Louisville's Portland neighborhood.
2308 Portland Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40212
www.goportland.org

Crane House - Asia Institute
Asian cultural center.
1244 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40203
www.cranehouse.org

Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
Presents the educational history of blind people and the historic contributions of the APH.
1839 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
www.aph.org/museum

The Speed Art Museum
Kentucky's largest and oldest art museum.
2035 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40208
speedmuseum.org

Howard Steamboat Museum
Discover the old Howard home and items from the steamboat era.
1101 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
www.howardsteamboatmuseum.org

Schimpff’s Confectionery
Displays thousands of pieces of American candy memorabilia.
347 Spring St
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
www.schimpffs.com

Civil War Museum
Exhibits tell of the struggle between the forces of the Union and Confederacy.
204 E Broadway St
Bardstown, KY 40004
civil-war-museum.org

Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
The history, heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans in Kentucky
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40203
www.kcaah.org

The Filson Historical Society
Historical documents, archives and artifacts from Kentucky and the Ohio Valley.
1310 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40208
filsonhistorical.org

 


HISTORICAL SITES

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Where Abraham Lincoln was born and lived until the age of seven
2995 Lincoln Farm Rd
Hodgenville, KY 42748
www.nps.gov/abli

Culbertson Mansion Historic Site
The home of William Culbertson, who was once the richest man in Indiana.
914 E Main St
New Albany, IN 47150
indianamuseum.org/explore/culbertson

Old State Capitol
Building served as the capitol of Kentucky from 1830 to 1910.
300 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
history.ky.gov/old-state-capitol

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
The plantation of the 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay.
120 Sycamore Road
Lexington, KY 40502
henryclay.org

Falls of the Ohio
Site of 390-million-year-old fossil beds
201 W Riverside Dr
Clarksville, IN 47129
www.fallsoftheohio.org

Perryville Battlefield
Site of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state.
1825 Battlefield Rd
Perryville, KY 40468
www.perryvillebattlefield.org

The Belle of Louisville
America's last true Mississippi river steamboat still in operation.
401 West River Road
Louisville, KY 40202
www.belleoflouisville.org

Farmington Historic Home
The 19th-century hemp plantation of John and Lucy Speed.
3033 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
www.historicfarmington.org

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Former Shaker village on 3,000 acres.
3501 Lexington Rd
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
shakervillageky.org

Cathedral of the Assumption
The cathedral mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville.
433 S 5th St
Louisville, KY 40202
www.cathedraloftheassumption.org

Locust Grove
1790 Georgian mansion situation on a 55-acre farm site.
561 Blankenbaker Ln
Louisville, KY 40207
locustgrove.org

Thomas Edison House
House where Thomas Edison rented, now a museum dedicated to his inventions.
729 E Washington St
Louisville, KY 40202

Cave Hill Cemetery
Victorian era National Cemetery
701 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
www.cavehillcemetery.com

My Old Kentucky Home
Inspired Stephen Foster to write his immortal song, “My Old Kentucky Home”
501 E Stephen Foster Ave
Bardstown, KY 40004
parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/old-ky-home

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
Indiana’s first state capital
126 East Walnut St.
Corydon, IN 47112
indianamuseum.org/explore/corydon

Old Fort Harrod
 Site of the first pioneer settlement in Kentucky.
100 S College St
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/Fort-Harrod


DISTILLERIES

Bulleit Frontier
Whiskey Experience

3860 Fitzgerald Road
Louisville, KY 40216
bulleitexperience.com

Four Roses
1224 Bonds Mill Road
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
fourrosesbourbon.com

Heaven Hill
1311 Gilkey Run Road
Bardstown, KY 40004
www.heavenhill.com

Maker's Mark
3350 Burkes Spring Road
Loretto, Kentucky 40037
www.makersmark.com

Wild Turkey
1417 Versailles Road
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
wildturkeybourbon.com

Jim Beam
526 Happy Hollow Road
Clermont, KY 40110
www.jimbeam.com

Town Branch Bourbon
401 Cross Street
Lexington, KY 40508
859-255-2337

Woodford Reserve
7855 McCracken Pike
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
www.woodfordreserve.com

Evan Williams
Bourbon Experience

528 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
evanwilliams.com

Buffalo Trace
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
buffalotrace.com

Barton 1792
501 Cathedral Manor
Bardstown, KY 40004
1792bourbon.com