Three Day Arts & Culture Experience
Breakfast - DISH ON MARKET* - Built in 1904 as the first motion picture theater in the city, the building eventually became a coffee saloon. Known for such entrees as the Truman’s Breakfast (named after the former President) and for having the No. 1 burger in the city, according to LEO.
TROLLEY DE ‘VILLE TOUR - Get acquainted with all Louisville has to offer during this fully narrated 75-minute tour aboard an authentic, climate-controlled trolley with brass rails, bells and more.
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE - Located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row” featuring an artisanal distillery, tours, tastings and more. Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller, this immersive experience brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
Lunch- MUSSEL & BURGER BAR* – Featuring a menu full of unique and inventive burgers, Mussel & Burger Bar takes your favorite neighborhood bar and grill fare and adds a twist.
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.
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 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!
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.
Dinner - 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. Chef Shawn Ward's down-to-earth approach to upscale dining utilizes the freshest local ingredients in dishes that showcase the peak flavors of the season in simple yet unexpected ways.
After Dinner – 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.
Breakfast - CON HUEVOS* – This quaint bakery and café along Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill features fresh artisan bread, a seasonal selection of European-style pastries and desserts, and fresh made sandwiches.
LOCUST GROVE – This 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 AT LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER MUSEUM – 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 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.
HADLEY POTTERY - Since 1940, Hadley Pottery has been 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.
COPPER & KINGS AMERICAN BRANDY - Based in Butchertown making dynamic American style brandy. Tour a modern distillery, see the 3 copper pot stills & listen to the brandy sonically aged to rock n’ roll music.
Lunch - BUTCHERTOWN GROCERY* - At first glance, Butchertown Grocery may seem like a conundrum. In the early-to-mid 1900s, the Butchertown Grocery building was home to a family-owned grocery called Gunkel’s. More than just a corner market, Gunkel’s was a gathering place where locals came to buy produce and meats, and chew the fat with the owner, Hattie Gunkel. Using that model, Butchertown Grocery continues the tradition of bringing people together through great food where every dish is inspired by the heritage of hard work and craftsmanship on which the community was built.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Dinner- PROOF ON MAIN* - Located at 21C Museum & Hotel, Proof on Main features modern American food with Tuscan influences, celebrating artisanal products and sustainable farming. A Spirits if the America's collection, accessible wine list and signature cocktails make Proof a great addition to the Downtown area.
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.
Breakfast - ATLANTIC NO. 5* – Begin your final day of exploring Louisville, with a light breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea.
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.
OLD FORESTER DISTILLERY - Returning to Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” Old Forester harkens back to the heritage and authenticity of America’s First Bottled Bourbon in a state-of-the-art facility that celebrates Old Forester’s origins, and the role of bourbon in Louisville’s history.
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.
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.
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.
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 - DECCA - Located in the heart of Louisville NULU district, Decca features local artists and musicians alongside inspired food and drinks in a warm atmosphere. Making its home in a historically renovated 1870s building, Decca guests have a chance to enjoy their meal in one of the two intimate dining rooms, the outdoor courtyard, or the covered second-floor porch. After dinner, be sure to head to The Cellar downstairs for a few libations and revelry.
After Dinner Entertainment - NULU ART GALLERY HOP & SHOP – After dinner, stroll along the streets in NULU to check out the numerous unique shops and art galleries. Some art galleries to check out include exploring some local artists and regional artists on display at PYRO Gallery or Zephyr Gallery; fine art photography at the Paul Paletti Gallery; or contemporary fine art at the Garner Narrative or the Swanson Contemporary art galleries; glass art at Clair Raabe Glass art or fiber art at Mary Craik Gallery… to name a few. In between the galleries, be sure to stop in some of the local shops to stock up on one-of-a-kind finds like antiques at Joe Ley; handmade lotions and candles at Peace of the Earth; local, handmade jewelry and home goods at Revelry Boutique Gallery or Scout; unique household items at Red Tree Furniture; or some Modjeska’s from Muth’s Candy.
*Restaurants listed are recommended based on location in relation to the itinerary stops before and after meals and relation to theme of itinerary. For more dining ideas, search by cuisine or neighborhood. Click here.