Museums to Visit when In Louisville
When you visit a new city, one thing that you have to check out are the museums. They will prove how much history the city has. They can also show how much improvement the city has gone through, and also introduce you to famous people connected with a city. Since Louisville is an older city founded way back in 1778, it has a rich history starting from the day it was founded. Louisville is still making history until the present time. To get to know Louisville, visit these museums which are considered the best among the rest.
1. Louisville Slugger Museum
This museum is located along Kentucky’s “Museum Row” in downtown Louisville. It is a factory and a museum all in one. It is where baseball bats are created. Here you will learn about the history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bats made by Hillerich & Bradsby, you will also see here the history of baseball in general. It has 16,000 square feet of exhibit and there is a presentation of how baseball bats are made. One of its famous features is the 68,000 pound baseball bat which is leaning outside the building.
2. Kentucky Derby Museum
Located in Churchill Downs, this American Thoroughbred horse racing museum preserves the history of the world-famous Kentucky Derby. It opened in 1985. It has 2 floors of exhibits which houses a 360-degree theater. The theater shows an HD Video of The Greatest Race which is a comedy film about a car race across three continents. It also has the Warner L. Jones Time Machine. It’s not a real time machine, but you will feel like you’ve been taken back in the past when you choose to watch any Kentucky Derby dating back from 1918 to present.
3. Frazier History Museum
Formerly known as the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, is also along the “Museum Row.” It was founded by Owsley Brown Frazier, hence the name. This museum is famous because it is the only place in the world which houses and displays Royal Armories artifacts despite being located outside Great Britain. It has 75,000 square feet of exhibition floors, a 120-seat auditorium, a 48-seat auditorium and a variety of displays. The museum’s main focus is displaying U.S. and U.K. arms, armors and historical objects from 1000 years ago and beyond.
4. Muhammad Ali Center
This museum also serves as a cultural center which was built in honor of the champion boxer Muhammad Ali. Also located along the “Museum Row,” this six-story museum opened on November 19, 2005 and it includes a 40,000 square feet plaza and an amphitheater. It features exhibits about Ali’s core values, which are about respect, confidence, dedication, spirituality, and charity. There is also an orientation theater which presents Muhammad Ali’s life from his birth up until the present time.
5. Speed Art Museum
Originally named as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, it is known as the oldest, largest and leading arts museum in Kentucky. It is located next to the Belknap Campus of University of Louisville. This is not a normal museum which showcases artworks or masterpieces of famous artists. While they do this, they have a variety of “art experiences” presenting art in a different way. One of theses if the Art Sparks Interactive Family Gallery, the Speed Concert Series, and the well-known Art After Dark which is a late-night event. As a museum of course, it also exhibits ancient, modern, and classical art coming from all around the world.
If you want to know Louisville, visit its museums and you will start to understand and appreciate the culture and the traditions of the people in the Derby City. Our museums reflect how our city came to be the Louisville that every Kentuckian adores and boasts of.