1850 Priority Way
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: (502) 266-6776
Fax: (502) 266-6654
1850 Priority Way, Louisville, KY, US, 40299
- Phone: (502) 266-6776
- Fax: (502) 266-6654
Arts & Museums
The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind was established in 1994. It chronicles the institution's contribution to the education of the visually impaired community. Take a free guided tour of the factory to understand the advancement of resources since the 1850s – from braille, writing and audio devices, to digital media and computers, as well as mobility canes and dog harnesses. Interactive exhibits enable visitors to write in braille and enjoy special games and simulations.
The Kaviar Forge and Gallery showcases award-winning sculptor Craig Kaviar's work - along with a variety of other artists and mediums. Mr. Kaviar has revitalized what was once an abandoned piece of land for his studio, gallery, and sculpture garden, and today visitors come from all over to admire the array of forged metalwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, and woodwork. If they are lucky, from the gallery they may observe the metal being forged on the vegetable oil-fueled forge in the studio below. Special group tours are available.
Located at the University of Louisville, the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium provides an exciting look at the heavens. The 160-seat theater gives audiences a 360-degree view of a realistic night sky from their tilted seats. With special holiday events, daily shows, enlightening lectures, and group discounts, the planetarium is a stellar way to begin or further a lifelong interest in the universe beyond this planet.
Located in the Ferguson Mansion, The Filson Historical Society is the best place to check the history of Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. Established in 1884, it was named after John Filson, an early Kentucky explorer. It has since then chronicled these regions stories through countless documents, books, artifacts, portraits, historic photographs and prints, manuscripts and more.
Founded in 1927, this is the first and largest public art museum in the area. It holds over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art. The museum has distinguished collections of 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, 18th century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and significant holdings of contemporary American painting and sculpture. African and Native American works also represent a growing segment of the museum's collection.
Their headquarters building contains a number of copies and original artwork that commemorate the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
Located in the Historic Russell District, this African American Museum offers a variety of unique exhibits and special events.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is nestled in the charming Old Louisville neighborhood. Steeped in history, this beautiful Victorian building was once the home of William and Elaine Caldwell. It restores the splendid architecture and preserves a collection of antiques and memorabilia that belonged to the Conrad and Caldwell families. Marvel at the original furnishings, exquisite paintings and ornate chandeliers that reflect life in the early 20th Century. This heritage venue forms a great backdrop for weddings and special events.
Whiskey connoisseur or not, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a must visit when in Louisville. This establishment is named after Kentucky's pioneering distiller and offers an insight into Williams' life and work. A guided tour of the distillery features an audio-visual interactive exhibition on the history of bourbon and its manufacturing process through the times. Visitors can also witness the state-of-the-art mechanism in use. At the end of the tour, sample some varieties like rye bourbon and single barrel bourbon, and take home unique souvenirs like bourbon mustard, maple syrup and toffee.
Cobalt Artworks is a gallery in downtown Louisville featuring artwork from a shifting series of artists, along with gift and souvenir items for sale. Their first exhibit was a year-long retrospective on artist LeRoy Neiman - known for his brightly-colored work featuring golf and horse-racing.
Muhammad Ali is without a doubt Louisville's favorite son. Thus, the city center's centerpiece is a stunning multipurpose facility devoted to the boxing great in name, in image, and in purpose. Standing mightily at the base of the city's skyline, the building houses conference and event space and an inspiring museum. The museum offers guests an opportunity to relive the life and times of the man who was born as Cassius Clay, through a professionally produced motion picture, countless exhibits, a number of interactive video displays, and even an impromptu boxing lesson session. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop for some souvenir gloves.
Ever wanted to learn tapestry weaving or carve delicate features from stone? The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft is the place to explore hidden talents in their array of workshops, browse art exhibits in the gallery, and shop for unique gifts at the gift store. Workshops for adults and children teach skills as varied as quilt-making and drawing, and classes are also offered for special needs students. Constantly-changing art exhibits and a permanent collection charge a small fee for admittance.