Econo Lodge Downtown
401 South 2nd St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 583-2841
Fax: (502) 583-2629
401 South 2nd St., Louisville, KY, US, 40202
- Phone: (502) 583-2841
- Fax: (502) 583-2629
Arts & Museums
Located in the Historic Russell District, this African American Museum offers a variety of unique exhibits 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.
The Louisville Science Center is the place to be for family fun in downtown Louisville. From interactive exhibits to educational events and IMAX presentations, there's something here for kids of all ages. Exhibits focus on both general science and regional specialties such as agriculture, and rotating traveling shows keep visitors enthralled year round. See website for full calendar, movie showtimes and more.
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all in one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Tours are offered every day but Sunday. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or drop in to the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions (event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function).
Looming like an all-American obelisk over downtown Louisville, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized the world over as the biggest, bestest piece of ash in existence. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to as well-rounded a baseball experience as could be offered at even the most premiere ballparks in the league. You'll be immersed in history, technology and heart for the better part of an afternoon. The best part is the brief tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real live Louisville Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber like golden fleece spun out of dirty lamb's wool.
Reenactments, music, photography, lectures, and artifacts are just some of the many ways the Frazier International History Museum helps bring the excitement of history to a contemporary audience. This 100,000 square-foot, three-floor museum's permanent collection includes Theodore Roosevelt's "Big Stick," Daniel Boone's bible, and Geronimo's bow. Children and adults are sure to be entertained by various daily reenactments, while an ongoing series of historical lectures provides fascinating insights. Groups can rent designated areas of the museum, including the fifth-floor roof garden, overlooking the Ohio River.
Their headquarters building contains a number of copies and original artwork that commemorate the people and events of the Revolutionary War.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of the African American community in the state. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, it aims to create awareness among the public. To celebrate their vibrant heritage, it also hosts poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.
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.