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Louisville, KY 40202
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Arts & Museums
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.
While the Louisville Science Center is not as famous as the Museum of Natural History or the Smithsonian, it is a very educational and fun place to bring the kids. Adults will also enjoy the interactive exhibits, educational events and huge IMAX presentations, so it's not just a destination for children. The museum's exhibits focus on both general science and regional Kentucky attributes such as agriculture and coal.
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all rolled into one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or visit 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).
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.
Leaning like an all-American obelisk on its building, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized as the biggest piece of ash that will never see any action on the diamond. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to a baseball experience that details the history of this iconic Major League Baseball fixture since 1884. The best part is the 30-minute tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber. When you enter, sign up for the chance to obtain your own signature bat, it will be ready by the time you leave.
The Sons of the American Revolution Library aims to provide genealogical research to descendents of those who fought against the British crown. In addition to family history, the institution preserves relics, memorabilia, documents and almost everything else noteworthy during America's heady, tumultuous youth. The library is open to the public, however there is a charge to peruse the catalogs. Today, the SAR has more than 58,000 different items, all of which have been amassed since its establishment in 1889.
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 which overlooks the Ohio River.
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 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the state. Notable and prominent Kentuckians include Muhammad Ali, jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, songwriter Wilson Pickett and many others that have left their indelible mark. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, the center creates programs that promote social justice, activism, art and awareness among the public at large. Additionally, the center celebrates the cultural legacy of the African-American community with nights that promote poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.