Two Day Arts & Culture Experience
Breakfast - SWAY* – Sway brings Southern fare inspired by the rich heritage of the region to Fourth Street. The menu combines the flavors of Southern kitchens, American favorites and Sunday dinners with the freshest ingredients from local farm, dairies, and butchers.
RIVERSIDE, THE FARNSLEY-MOREMEN LANDING - Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River, the Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of Riverside, a 300-acre historic site in Louisville. Built circa 1837, the house stands as a testament to the important role agriculture, along with the river, played in the development of our country. Come explore the house, see some on-going archaeological excavations, and tour the kitchen garden where volunteers grow many of the same vegetables and herbs that would have been used in meals from the time periods the house was occupied by the Farnsley & Moremen families.
THE LITTLE LOOMHOUSE - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Little Loomhouse consists of three cabins built between 1870 and 1896. The Esta Cabin was originally built as a business office, but Lou Tate purchased the cabin in 1939 to live and to house her weaving business. Over the years Tate purchased the other cabins to expand her business or store her looms. It was during a visit in the 1940s that First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt bought woven mats that were used in the White House.
ART SANCTUARY – Founded on the premise that art is an integral part of life, Art Sanctuary helps make it possible for artists to further their work and careers in a space that provides the opportunity to work, rehearse, record, and collaborate. Art Sanctuary strives to provide Louisville the cream of the crop of professional artist with a reputation for pushing the creative envelope.
IDLEWILD BUTTERFLY FARM – Located in the Germantown area of Louisville resides Idlewild Butterfly Farm and Insectarium. Guests will have a chance to hold and interact closely with many amazing creatures, including some that cannot be found anywhere else in the state, as you take a guided tour of the lab, insectarium, and live butterfly flight house.
Lunch - MARTIN'S BAR-B-QUE JOINT* – Using family recipes, Martin’s Bar-B-Que smokes their BBQ every day starting with the whole hog over coal and hickory wood. Low and slow is the name of the game… and after 20 hours, the BBQ is ready!
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 - In partnership with the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the Frazier Museum is home to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Spirit of Kentucky exhibit. Located on the first floor of the museum, the Welcome Center is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Spirit of Kentucky, located on the third floor, provides an educational primer on the history of the Kentucky Bourbon industry showcasing Bourbon in a much broader light, spotlighting this product as the icon that it is, and sharing the people, places & events that have made Bourbon the Spirit of Kentucky. While you’re there, enjoy the 32-minute breathtaking movie narrated by Ashley Judd that stars the people, places, culture, and music of the beautiful and fascinating state of Kentucky.
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.
21C MUSEUM ART GALLERY, dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the very best works from living artists from all over the world. 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* - On the first floor of 21C Museum & Hotel is Proof on Main with a menu that showcases 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 - 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.
THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE - Through programs, exhibits and activities that celebrate the rich heritage of African Americans in Kentucky, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage works to preserve individual stories and enhance the public’s knowledge about the history, heritage, contributions and accomplishments of African Americans in Kentucky and the region.
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.
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE - Located in Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” celebrate the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller, in an immersive experience that bring to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit that includes an artisanal distillery tour and tasting.
Dinner & a Show – 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.
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