With its rich history and diverse culture, it’s easy to see why the museums in Louisville, KY are some of the most popular in the nation. Whether you’re interested in history, science, legendary athletes, or contemporary art, there’s a Louisville museum you are sure to love. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite destinations below to help you start planning your next museum trip to vibrant Louisville.
If you’re a baseball fan, this is one museum you won’t want to miss. Explore the 114+-year history of the Louisville Slugger Company and how it parallels the evolution of America’s national pastime. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the bat-creation process, along with impressive displays, and even a batting cage where you can test your own skills. All tours include a complimentary baseball hat.
The greatest boxer of all-time, Muhammad Ali, was born in Louisville and this incredible museum provides a comprehensive view into the life of this legendary athlete. Check out the brief, 14-minute film before exploring three floors of exhibits that guide you through Ali’s life and enduring legacy.
Watch history come alive as a full cast of costumed historical interpreters guides you through 1,000 years’ worth of artifacts and significant historical events. Learn about ancient weapons, go on an immersive and educational adventure with Lewis and Clark, and get a history lesson on Kentucky Bourbon. There are a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits the whole family will love.
Motivate your future scientist with the interactive exhibits, fun-filled programs, and inspiring IMAX® movies at the Kentucky Science Center. This legendary institution offers hands-on fun for the whole family, whether it’s insights into how our environment works, insights into the human body, or exhibits that explore everything from manufacturing and transportation to chemistry and physics. The center also hosts unique events throughout the year including their annual “ExBeeriment” – a must for any beer fan.
Originally founded in 1981, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft celebrates contemporary artwork with three diverse galleries designed to showcase the state’s rich artistic heritage and a goal to connect people to art and creative practice. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on regional artwork and explores themes related to Kentucky’s culture, geography, economy, class, and domestic life. Traveling exhibits also encompass a large portion of the museum, and feature a variety of mediums such as ink drawing, ceramics, woodworking, painting, photography, glassmaking, film, video, and found objects.
Originally built in the 1790s and encompassing 55 acres, Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark and former home of Revolutionary War hero, General George Rogers Clark. Today, visitors can enjoy a 45-minute tour of the Georgian mansion and grounds, where you’ll learn more about the man credited with founding Louisville, including portraits, books, silver, and a celebrated collection of fine Kentucky furnishings – mostly provided by the General’s own descendants.
Discover the unique history of one of sport’s most enduring and iconic events – the annual Kentucky Derby. View interviews with horse owners and jockeys in the Warner L. Jones, Jr. Time Machine, and experience what it’s like to be a race announcer, and how they come up with those amazing horse names.
Stay Close to All the History, Art & Science
If you’re interested in exploring Louisville’s iconic museums, the Louisville Marriott Downtown is the perfect home base. Our downtown hotel is less than a mile from Louisville’s Museum Row, where you’ll find the Muhammad Ali Center, Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and more. During your stay, you’ll relax with residential-style comforts that make it easy to be away from home, including comfortable rooms and suites with 42” HDTVs, WiFi, mini fridges and more. You’ll also enjoy great dining options, including the celebrated cuisine and extensive bourbon selection at Blu Restaurant.
Our downtown location also makes it easy to explore many of Louisville’s other top attractions, including the 4th Street Live Entertainment District, the Urban Bourbon Trail, and Churchill Downs. Check out our Quick Area Guide for even more fun ideas for your Louisville getaway.