Louisville Museums & History

Louisville Museums & HistoryExplore the culture and people who have made Louisville the "Derby City" and a real winner's circle for arts, music and entertainment. Enjoy our list of favorite destinations to help you discover Louisville residents of the past like Thomas Edison and Mohammad Ali, and the city's art and history museums that let you get acquainted or requited with the bluegrass city.

Muhammad Ali Center
"Float like a Butterfly and Sting like a Bee" at the Muhammad Ali Center; a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideas of its founder Mohammad Ali. Explore interactive and multimedia exhibits that express the six core beliefs Ali lives his life by, designed to encourage everyone to be as great as they can be.

Address: 144 North 6th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 - MAP
Phone: (502) 584-9254
Web: www.alicenter.org

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
Victorian aficionados are in heaven at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, aka, Conrad's Castle, located in the heart of Old Louisville. Ramble through the halls and history of the Victorian structure that has been lovingly restored back to life as the family home in 1908 when the Caldwell family lived there.

Address: 1402 Saint James Court, Louisville, KY 40208 - MAP
Phone: (502) 636-5023
Web: www.conrad-caldwell.org

Louisville Slugger Museum
Come see the 68,000-pound baseball bat that appears to be leaning next to Louisville Slugger Museum. The six-story museum is home to the history behind the famous bat and family company that still makes the world-famous bat seen in the hands of the greatest players in the game. Visitors can see scads of baseball memorabilia and take a picture for their very own baseball card!

Address: 800 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 - MAP
Phone: (877) 775-8443
Web: www.sluggermuseum.org

Frazier International History Museum
The Royal Armouries USA comes to life at the Frazier International History Museum. Everyday thousands of years of world changing history comes to life through costumed interpreters, interactive exhibits and engaging special events. You'll see amazing collections of American and international artifacts, and stand face-to-face with famous world leaders.

Address: 829 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 - MAP
Phone: (502) 753-5663
Web: www.fraziermuseum.org

Portland Museum
Explore Louisville's river heritage at the Portland Museum. Discover the restored historic buildings of the Portland neighborhood, once an independent town. While you're exploring the museum, you'll see archaeology and art exhibits, and have the opportunity to attend heritage events and make handmade chapbooks on the museum's Beach Grove Letter Press.

Address: 2308 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212 - MAP
Phone: (502) 776-7678
Web: www.goportland.org

Speed Art Museum
Check out the art collection at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville; it's the largest, oldest art museum in Kentucky, and the best place to see ancient, classical and modern art from around the world. Be sure to attend one of the popular Speed Concert Series and the late-night event, Art After Dark!

Address: 2035 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208 - MAP
Phone: (502) 634-2700
Web: www.speedmuseum.org

Thomas Edison House
Pay homage to bright ideas at the Thomas Edison House located in Louisville, where a teenage Thomas Edison rented a room while he worked for Western Union in 1866. Marvel at the numerous exhibits highlighting some of his most famous inventions, including incandescent lamps, phonographs and early motion picture equipment. A visit here offers a look into history that you won't want to miss.

Address: 729 East Washington Street, Louisville, KY 40202 - MAP
Phone: (502) 585-5247
Web: www.historichomes.org