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Arts & Museums
Established in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has provided ancillary services and products to the visually-impaired community for more than a century. Inside the museum, visitors can witness the institution's contribution to the blind with materials and technology that helps foster well-being and independence. 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, computers as well as mobility canes and dog harnesses.
What happened when prudent city planners, developers and artisans needed a novel idea to reconvert a defunct meat packing plant? The Mellwood Arts & Entertainment is what came to fruition. It's location in the East Market District area of Louisville adds to the allure of a hip and revitalized community and inside this huge space, more than 200 different artists and stores ply their wares. Some of the products sold include glass, sculpture, paintings, housewares, photography, the list goes on-and-on.
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.
Pyro Gallery is located in the the district affectionately known as 'NuLu', a moniker for New Louisville. Inside, the artists present an array of different work, from sculpture and photography to mixed-media and traditional oils, it's all on display and for sale. The gallery is always free to enter and another great addition to East Market Street.
The Zephyr Gallery is another cool gallery on East Market Street in the hip neighborhood of 'NuLu.' Almost all of the works inside are a fusion of multi-disciplinary methods, from sculpture and oils to monochromatic prints and found art, the mixed media collaborations are endless. The exhibit schedule is in constant rotation and many of the artists hail from Louisville. Also, if you're here on the first Friday of every month, don't forget to take the free trolley which shuttles you up-and-down Market Street.
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.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is nestled in the charming Old Louisville neighborhood. Steeped in history, this beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque building was once the home of two Louisville entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William Caldwell. Inside, the preservation society maintains a splendid collection of antiques and memorabilia that highlights the Edwardian age. Overall, it's a great opportunity to see original furnishings, exquisite paintings and ornate chandeliers that reflected the opulent life in the early 20th-Century.
Whether you are a whiskey connoisseur or not, if you want to try a bit of one of Kentucky's main exports, then the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a must visit. 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 how distillers turn corn into this smooth swill loved all around the world. At the end of the tour, sample some different varieties as well as some small-batch versions, then 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 one of Louisville's most prodigious sons, and this stunning multipurpose facility devoted to the boxing great promotes his ethos and six core principles of "Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality." The building also provides event space and it offers guests an opportunity to relive the life and times of the man who was born as Cassius Clay. Some exhibits include a movie, a number of interactive video displays, and educational programs on how to become involved in social justice projects within the community.
Ever wanted to learn tapestry weaving or carve delicate features in stone? The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft is the place to explore hidden talents in an array of workshops, browse art exhibits in the gallery or shop for unique cadeaux 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. Moreover, there is always a touring art exhibit of some type as well as a permanent collection; the museum does charge a small fee for admittance.