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Three Day Arts & Culture Experience

Day One

Breakfast - ATLANTIC NO. 5* – Nestled among Museum Row in Downtown, Atlantic No. 5 is a great place to grab a light breakfast and cup of coffee to start your day.

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY - You can’t miss the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger bat welcoming you to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. See how the famous bats are made, hold bats actually used by baseball’s superstars, experience what it’s like to face a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, or take a sing with historic replica bats in the batting cages. You even get to take a mini Slugger bat home with you!

FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM - Explore over 1,000 years of history throughout the Frazier History Museum with interactive exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, and seeing history come to life through costumed actors who bring visitors face-to-face with some of the events and people who changed the world. Be sure to check out “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” on display now through September 10.

GLASSWORKS – Visit two glass working art galleries under the same roof. Visit Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery to watch the artist transform glass into one-of-a-kind glass sculptures. Then head over to the Mark Payton Glass Center and see incredible glass art made from either glass fusing or flame working; you can even take a self-guided tour through the Mark Payton Glass Center.

Lunch - WILTSHIRE AT THE SPEED MUSEUM* – On-site at the Speed Art Museum, come experience the open, airy atmosphere of Wiltshire at the Speed for lunch. Enjoy a range of selections from salads to sandwiches to desserts.

SPEED ART MUSEUM - Explore the Speed’s collections, spanning more than 6,000 years of human creativity, culture, and experiences that inspire curiosity, build visual literacy and teach about the world around us. After a recent expansion project, the Speed Museum has something for everyone—modern art, classical pieces, regional history, and hands-on learning for the younger crowd in the Art Sparks area.

KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM - Experience the greatest 2 minutes in racing at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Be a part of the thrills and traditions of the race as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a 360-degree theatre. Step into the announcer’s booth and call the play-by-play for the race, or try on the jockey silks and climb aboard a race horse to see who in the family has first place bragging rights. Tour the historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track and see up close the famous track itself.

HISTORIC OLD LOUISVILLE WALKING TOUR - Historic Old Louisville features the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. This 60-minute guided tour will take you through the history of Old Louisville from the 1870s to present, talk about the architecture of the homes, and more!

CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM – Built in 1895, this Richardsonian Romanesque mansion and crown jewel of St. James Court, exemplifies the finest in Victorian-era wood, stone craftsmanship and featured the latest innovations of its day like interior plumbing and electric lights. Throughout the house are period time pieces, including many that are original to the home.

Dinner - BAR VETTI* – Located on 4th Street, Bar Vetti has a range of Italian-flavored fares from small bites to pizzas and pastas. Be sure to check out some of their amazing desserts before you leave!

After Dinner Entertainment – LOUISVILLE BALLET – As the official ballet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Louisville Ballet, which was founded in 1952, has over 70 world premiere ballets to its credit and a repertoire of over 150 works by choreographers such as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Lucas Jervies, Adam Hougland and Val Caniparoli.

Day Two

Breakfast - CON HUEVOS* – Situated on Historic Frankfort Avenue in two renovated shotgun style homes, the North End Café offers a unique setting of historic elements with modern accents. While enjoying traditional items featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, be sure to take in the collection of artwork on the walls from some of Louisville’s up and coming artists.

LOCUST GROVE – This c.1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its builders, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. William and Lucy Clark Croghan, along with Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home to rest, dialogue, campaign, and duel. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, Cassius Marcellus Clay, and Lewis and Clark—among others—all passed through Locust Grove. Now a National Historic Landmark, Locust Grove is a unique example of early Kentucky architecture, craftsmanship, and history.

WATERWORKS MUSEUM AT LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER PARK – Nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, you’ll step inside the WaterWorks Museum to see the history of Louisville’s water come to live! Located inside the original Pumping Station No. 1, the WaterWorks Museum highlights the company’s archive of historic photographs, films and memorabilia, some of which dates back to the 1860s. Discover the Louisville Water Company’s contributions to safe drinking water through its innovations in science and engineering.

MELLWOOD ART & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER/MELLWOOD ANTIQUES – Originally the Fischer Meat Packing Company, the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center has been renovated into a spacious location for over 200 artist studios, specialty stores, galleries, rehearsal spaces for theatres, and an antique mall with over 100 dealers.

Lunch Cruise - BELLE OF LOUISVILLE* – Cruise along the Ohio River aboard the oldest operating river steamboat in the country and enjoy a Kentucky-inspired lunch buffet. The paddlewheel-driven Belle of Louisville was built 1914, and is the only river steamboat to reach 100 years old. Take a tour and see her massive steam-powered engines that date to the mid-1890s. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a wonderful meal, live music, see life along the river banks and cruise beneath some bridges.

MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER– Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Louisville native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn the story behind Ali’s incredible life and the core principles that fueled his journey become the “Greatest of All Time.” You can even step into the boxing ring and take on the Champ, see a replica of the infamous red bike that started his boxing career, and get an up-close look at the Olympic torch he used to light the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

KMAC - Located along Louisville’s Museum Row, KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) is a non-profit art museum dedicated to promoting art and craft excellence in Kentucky.

PYRO GALLERY – On your way to dinner, be sure to stop in the NULU district on east Market to check out PYRO Gallery. Part of the original core of NULU’s galleries, PYRO’s roots run deep in the neighborhood. Opened 10 years ago in a former fire house, the gallery now occupies an urban space along Market Street and highlights personal selections of the member artists, so the exhibitions are often experimental, fresh and surprising.

Dinner - DECCA* - Located in the heart of downtown Louisville’s East Market district, Decca is excited to feature local artists and musicians alongside inspired food and drinks in a warm atmosphere. Decca’s commitment to locally farmed ingredients is evident in the kitchen, and throughout the bar.

After Dinner Entertainment KENTUCKY OPERA – Moritz von Bomhard founded the Kentucky Opera in 1952, making it the twelfth oldest opera companies in the U.S. Designated as the state opera of Kentucky, the Kentucky Opera is accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra. The company has a rich heritage of producing courageous productions, including world premiere works.

Day Three

Breakfast - THE CAFE* - Serving a unique menu of hearty breakfasts, the Café offers ample portions of fresh, home-cooked foods with a southern accent served with love in an artistically eclectic setting.

STONEWARE ART FACTORY - Louisville Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art forms for the home since 1815. During your tour, you’ll follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece, and along the way you’ll be able to touch the pieces in their various states.

CAVE HILL CEMETERY SELF-GUIDED TOUR – Built in 1848, this 296-acre cemetery is the final resting places for many of Louisville famous citizens from Bourbon Barons to J. Graham Brown (the inventor of the Hot Brown) to Colonel Sanders to Muhammad Ali. Cave Hill Cemetery is also an outdoor museum with many hundreds of exquisite works of monumental art marking the gravesite of Louisville citizens; one of the finest arboretums in the United States with over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs; and home to a large selection of waterfowl who live along one of the five lakes within the grounds.

REVELRY BOUTIQUE GALLERY – Revelry Boutique Gallery loves Louisville’s local art community and strives to promote local talent in Louisville and the surrounding areas. From handmade jewelry to art and home décor... it’s the perfect place to find a special gift for someone. The artwork showcased in the gallery is rotated monthly where you can learn about a new artist or be inspired by the artwork.

Lunch - HARVEST* - Harvest is a lively venue with farm-to-table Southern fare that celebrates the bounty from local farms. Throughout the restaurants are photos of the many local farmers who provide food for the restaurant.

HADLEY POTTERY - Since 1940, Hadley Pottery has been located in Butchertown creating warm and whimsical pottery pieces that have attracted multitudes of fans over the last 70 years from across the nation and the world.

THOMAS EDISON HOUSE – Just after the Civil War, 19-year-old Thomas Edison is believed to have rented a room in a Butchertown home during the year and a half he worked in Louisville as a telegrapher for Western Union. Sixteen years after leaving Louisville, one of Edison’s newest inventions, the incandescent light bulb, was demonstrated in the largest installation to date in Louisville during the 1883 Southern Exposition—a smaller version of the World’s Fair.

Dinner - BUTCHERTOWN GROCERY* - Butchertown Grocery offers everyday food you’ll want to eat every day. Chef Bobby Benjamin carefully crafts each dish with the best produce from around the region.

After Dinner Entertainment - LOLA - Butchertown Grocery’s intimate upstairs lounge. Offering bold cocktails and eclectic entertainment alongside Bobby Benjamin’s award-winning menu, Lola is a come-as-you-are space to celebrate the timeless tradition of good times spent with good people.


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