10 Best Museums in the Louisville, Kentucky Area

Most cities have the typical history museum, but Louisville has an array of truly original museums you won't find anywhere else in the world. From the world's largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum to the icons at the Kentucky Derby Museum, to the tasting room at the Jim Beam American Distillery, there is a good time to be had when touring Louisville.

Much of the action can be found downtown at museums like the Kentucky Science Center, a great destination for families with little ones, or 21 C, a unique modern art museum in the lobby (and upper floors) of a boutique hotel. There's also the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, a one-of-a-kind (and free) attraction that should not be missed. Sports fans can check out the Muhammad Ali Center, a tribute to the greatest boxer of all time, and the Frazier History Museum, where the past comes alive with costumed reenactments. 

Two historical houses to add to the itinerary are Locust Grove and the Conrad-Caldwell house, both beautifully-restored mansions that visitors can tour. 

Our travel experts have narrowed down the choices in Louisville to these 10 museums. Each one offers something different for the type of cultural immersion you are seeking. 

Climb onto a model horse and pretend to be a jockey in the starting gate where there are life-sized videos of what it's like to be in front of the riders. In 2010, the museum underwent a $5.5 million dollar renovation and now has even more...  Read More

Jim Beam American Outpost and Distillery Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this museum chronicles the history of the company's origins from the beginning to the present. The business began in 1795 and celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1995. A family history room...  Read More

Kentucky Science Center
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The Kentucky Science Center strives to bring out the scientist in you via exhibits, programs and IMAX® films that are both educational and entertaining. This phenomenal hands-on facility has something for everyone! For adults, there's special...  Read More

Muhammad Ali – the Greatest – was born in Louisville, so it's only fitting that the multicultural center and museum named after him is found in the same city. Located in downtown Louisville, the museum's three floors take you on a journey...  Read More

Louisville Slugger Museum

This museum is a fascinating glimpse at an American classic. The company's 114-year history parallels the history of America's national pastime, and this museum provides an outstanding commentary on the development of the game of baseball. A...  Read More

Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

This museum presents a rare collection of artifacts related to both the educational history of the blind and to the history of American Printing House. The inspirational facility offers many hands-on options for the sighted and for hearing,...  Read More

21C Museum
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Louisville first gave birth to this contemporary and artistic hotel in 2006, and since then two more locations have opened in Cincinnati and Bentonville (Arkansas). What makes the 90-room, boutique hotel so unique is that it is also a...  Read More


Built around 1790, this Georgian mansion and National Historic Landmark set on 55 acres was the former home of Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. Clark is also credited with the founding of Louisville. Portraits, swords, books,...  Read More

Conrad-Caldwell House

This magnificent, carved-stone residence is considered one of the city's finest historic homes and is open to the public. Built in Richardsonian Romanesque style, it features elaborate, beautifully decorated Victorian interiors and furnishings....  Read More

With 1,000 years' worth of artifacts and a full cast of costumed historical interpreters, the Frazier International History Museum brings significant historical events and eras to life right before your eyes with medieval sword demonstrations....  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber

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