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Two Day Arts & Culture Experience

Day One

Breakfast - NOOSH NOSH* - Noosh Nosh is a casual dining creation of Chef Anoosh Shariat, who lives by the belief that good food is integral to good overall health. Noosh Nosh offers delicious food made from fresh ingredients presented in a fun, family-friendly environment.

HISTORIC LOCUST GROVE – This 1792 Georgian mansion tells the story of its builders, William and Lucy Clark Croghan, and the story of American beginnings. The Croghan, along with Lucy’s brother, General George Rogers Clark, welcomed a generation of American luminaries to their home. Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, John James Audubon, 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 - COME BACK INN* – For over 21 years, Come Back Inn has been a local favorite serving real flavors of Chicago in Italian-style fare. Featured on the Food Network’s Ginormous Food, experience firsthand the amazing food that has helped Come Back Inn win multiple “Best Of” awards over the years.

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, kitchen, and garden 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.

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.

JOE LEY ANTIQUES - Housed in the former school house that dates back to 1860, Joe Ley’s is a collector’s treasure trove. Joe Ley Antique’s fills three floors and covers over 2-acres with vintage, quirky, fabulous, and unusual artifacts. While you’re there, be sure to check out the room full of memorabilia from one of Louisville’s first amusement parks—Fountaine Ferry Park—some of Joe’s most cherished memories and items.

Dinner - DECCA - Decca brings the talents of Season 14’s Top Chef contestant Chef Annie Pettry to the heart of the NULU district in Louisville. With a commitment to locally farmed and small production ingredients weaved throughout the menu, Decca also features local artists and musicians alongside inspired food and drinks in a warm atmosphere.

After Dinner Entertainment LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA – Founded in 1937, the Louisville Orchestra has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnegie Hall. Currently the Louisville Orchestra is under the musical direction of Teddy Abrams, who has debuted over 10 world premieres of major works with the orchestra, and who recently composed and recorded “Float Rumble Rest” as a tribute to Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali.

Day Two

Breakfast - WAGNER'S PHARMACY* – The history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs is written on the walls of Wagner’s Pharmacy. Opened in 1922, and featured in everything from the Los Angeles Time to Southern Living to the movie “Secretariat,” Wagner’s is a must for breakfast before heading over to explore Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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.

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.

Lunch - AMICI'S CAFÉ* - An Italian café in the heart of Old Louisville, enjoy lunch either outside on Amici’s courtyard or inside where you feel transported to the Italian countryside.

CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM - Built in 1985, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is the crown jewel of St. James Court. The house showcases the latest innovations of the day like electric lights and interior plumbing. Throughout the home are pieces that are original to the home, stone craftsmanship and Victorian-era wood inlays.

PARISTOWN POINT ART GALLERY STROLL - Along Kentucky Street in the Paristown Point neighborhood, stroll between four different art galleries- Tim Faulkner Gallery, Kore Gallery, Marti Kuehn Gallery & Studio, and the Lynn Dunbar Art Studio. And just a few blocks away, you can come face-to-face with live butterflies in a butterfly garden or exotic insects at IDLEWILD BUTTERFLY FARM.

PORTLAND MUSEUM - Founded in 1978 by elementary school teachers, Portland Museum grew from a single classroom to its present location. Explore Louisville’s river heritage through vivid dioramas, life-sized characters, automated sound track, documentaries, and much more at the Portland Museum. Discover the Portland neighborhood, once an independent town below the Falls of the Ohio, through walking tours, restored historic properties, archaeology and interpretation at Portland Wharf Park, art exhibits, programs, and heritage events.

Dinner & ShowDERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE – Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 35 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has produced Broadway musicals and light comedies. Before each show, enjoy a freshly prepared, home-style buffet before the lights dime and the theatre comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra, and a stage full of professional performers.


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