One Day Arts & Culture Experience
Breakfast - J. GRAHAM’S CAFE*– Home to the original “Hot Brown,” J. Graham’s has delighted generations of Louisvillians with its elegant, light-filled atmosphere and casual dining. Kick off your day with a generous breakfast in a historic location.
GALLERY AT THE BROWN HOTEL – After breakfast, stroll across the lobby to the Gallery at the Brown hotel, showcasing the artwork of many established and emerging Kentucky artists.
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.
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!
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 - WILTSHIRE AT THE SPEED* – Enjoy lunch among the spectacular art at the Speed Museum. Created by locally renowned restaurateur, Susan Hershberg, Wiltshire At The Speed features the cuisine of Chef Coby Ming, serving carefully curated brunch and lunch menus with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
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. While at the Frazier Museum, be sure to check out “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” showing now through September 10.
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.
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.
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 - 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.