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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.

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.

KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLING COMPANY - The first Peerless whiskey went into barrels in the 1889, and in 2015, Peerless Whiskey was filling barrels for the first time since Prohibition in 1917. The 4th & 5th generations of the family have revived Peerless Whiskey in downtown Louisville, in 2017, their first brown spirit in 100 years under the Peerless name was bottled. Stop by for a tour of this state-of-the-art facility to discover why Food Network’s Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio lists Kentucky Peerless Rye among one of his favorites.

E & S GALLERY - Established over 25 years ago, E & S Gallery is an award-winning gallery known for providing exquisite and collectible artwork. In 2015, E & S was named “Best Gallery in Kentucky” and one of the “Top 25 Galleries in the U.S” by American Art Awards.

OLD 502 WINERY - Forget what you know about wine and wineries because Old 502 Winery is breaking all the rules. As Louisville’s only urban winery, Old 502 uses grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers to craft some of the most eclectic wines you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting.

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* – 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.

Dinner - MARKETPLACE RESTAURANT @ THEATRE SQUARE - Located on historic 4th Street in picturesque Theater Square, Marketplace Restaurant offers unique cuisine with an alluring dining experience.
​Using the highest quality and freshest ingredients Executive Chef Zac Young presents cuisine with southern roots and a strong French & Mediterranean influence.

After Dinner EntertainmentLOUISVILLE 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 - NORTH END CAFE* – Offering breakfast seven days a week, North End Café highlights traditional items with a fresh approach using seasonal ingredients, local produce and vegetables.

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.

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’s, 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.

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.

ALLEY GALLERY - While walking around downtwon Louisville, be on the lookout for artwork from local artists in hidden locations like alleys, back-of-building metal doors or benches along the sidewalk. You'll see everything from photography to abstract art.

21C MUSEUM ART GALLERY – 21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the very best works from living artists from all over the world. Be sure stop by the elevator bay to have the falling letters spell out something on your head, arms or legs. Before you leave, check out the one-of-a-kind bathrooms that have been featured in Southern Living for their videos of eyes and one-way mirrors!

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 showcases personal selections of the member artists, so the exhibitions are often experimental, fresh and surprising.

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 EntertainmentKENTUCKY 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 GALLERY - 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.

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.

Lunch - WARD 426* - Born out of a passion for exceptional food and gracious service, Ward 426 brings an easygoing elegance to one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods. There is a down-to-earth approach to upscale dining using the freshest local ingredients.

CRAFT(S) GALLERY & MERCANTILE - Craft(s) is a contemporary and traditional art gallery with a hint of vintage to satisfy your sentimental curiosities.

HISTORIC OLD LOUISVILLE WALKING TOURS - 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.

GALERIE HERTZ ART GALLERY – For over 23 years, Galerie Hertz Art Gallery has been dedicated to showing & representing the best in Regional, National & International works of art & artist.

Dinner - BUCK’S* - An official stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail- located in Historic Old Louisville offering more than 75 Bourbons with exceptional service, playfully mismatched chine and an air of class, the restaurant transports you back to another time.

After Dinner Entertainment - KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE – Founded in 1949 and is the oldest, free Shakespeare festival in the United States, Kentucky Shakespeare provides performances and educational programs throughout the community from their annual Shakespeare in Central Park to their touring productions in parks throughout Louisville.


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