Two Day Arts & Culture Experience
Breakfast - GATSBY'S ON FOURTH*–Located in the lobby of the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s on Fourth features a seasonal menu showcasing fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Named after the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, The Great Gatsby which highlighted the Seelbach Hotel, Gatsby’s on Fourth is a great breakfast stop to start your day. After breakfast, be sure to explore the hotel a little and see one of the remaining Rathskellar’s in the country or maybe check out where Al Capone played cards in The Oakroom—including the door that lead to his secret passageways.
GALLERY AT THE BROWN HOTEL – The historic Brown Hotel, home of the Hot Brown sandwich, has unveiled an art gallery displaying the artwork of many established and emerging Kentucky artists.
FAF GALLERY - The Fine Art Firm (FAF) Gallery occupies a corner of the historic Henry Clay building with huge windows to illuminate the gallery’s collection of paintings and sculptures from around the world.
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE - This artisanal distillery celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller. Guests will journey through an immersive tour experience that brings to life the history and traditions of Kentucky’s native spirit complete with a tasting of those spirits.
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.
Lunch - PROOF ON MAIN AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL*– Lauded as one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants,” Proof on Main in downtown Louisville’s acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. With a commitment to local farming, we deliver plates infused with local flavor. The bar is a local hot spot and features 50+ Kentucky Bourbons. After lunch, be sure to walk through the 21C MUSEUM HOTEL'S ART GALLERY featuring contemporary art exhibitions. 21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the best works of art of living artists from all over the world.
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.
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.
KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLERY - While it is one of the newer distilleries in downtown Louisville and home to the only urban bourbon rickhouse in the city, Kentucky Peerless is an old family brand that is steeped in four generations of rich history dating back to the 1860s.
Happy Hour - OLD 502 WINERY - Before heading to Derby Dinner Playhouse for dinner and a show, stop by Old 502 Winery for their happy hour celebration to enjoy some wine from Kentucky’s only Urban Winery.
Dinner & Entertainment - DERBY 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.
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.
HITE ART INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE – The Hite Art Institute is dedicated to providing a dynamic exhibition program for both the University of Louisville students and the Louisville community. Exhibitions include artwork from the Hite Art collections, local and regional artists, and students in the Hite Art Institute program.
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 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.
KOI GALLERY AT THE GALT HOUSE - Koi Art Gallery at the Galt House features artwork from around the country and around the world. From original, wearable art to one-of-a-kind sterling silver, Koi Art Gallery is a hidden gem within the shops at the Galt House.
Dinner - VINCENZO’S* - Where friends, new and old, come together to enjoy a special evening, Vincenzo’s offers simple meals or multi-course dinners featuring authentic Northern Italian cuisine that is sure to please your palate.
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.
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