Department of Travel and Tourism
Louisville Museums Offer Great Winter Escape
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Louisville recently turned up in the pages of National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of several “Best of the World” destinations. While the city was recognized in the magazine’s December-January issue mainly for its resurgent bourbon industry, Louisville has also earned accolades for its cultural and historic resources.
Downtown boasts several unique attractions ideal for a memorable winter escape. West Main Street’s “Museum Row” includes the Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Science Center and others. You don’t have to be a buff. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to learn something new.
The Frazier History Museum covers more than 1,000 years of world and American history. The museum displays one of the nation’s largest collections of toy soldiers, numbering more than 10,000.
A special exhibit on view through March 2, “The Eye of Napoleon,” is a visual narrative of the extravagant life of one of history's most admired and feared figures. Featuring more than 200 rare treasures, this private collection includes paintings, sculptures, fine furniture, jewels, and clothing; one of the most notable items is the vintage hat worn by Napoleon during the 1809 Battle of Essling.
To mark this special exhibit, the Frazier will host a four-week series of extended Saturday night hours on Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1. With a cash bar, the museum will remain open until 9 p.m. all four Saturdays. On Jan. 11 the event Date Night in Paris will feature French music, a French film, French lessons and French specialty cocktails.
Winter is a great time to beat the crowds and experience Kentucky’s distinct museums. A visit is sure to produce cherished memories as you enjoy these fascinating collections at a leisurely pace.
You’ll encounter collections dedicated to everything from fine jewelry to horses, vintage fire trucks and country music. Whatever your interest, find a museum in Kentucky that caters to it. Explore more options at www.kentuckytourism.com.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.