Louisville Museums & Galleries: Explore the City's Art Scene : GoToLouisville.com Official Travel Source

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Museums & Galleries

Classics, contemporary, and everything in between

Louisville’s art museums and galleries are at the center of the city’s cultural life. In addition to permanent and rotating collections of ancient, classical, and modern art in our well-known cultural institutions like the Speed Art Museum, downtown Louisville has become home to art galleries featuring new works by emerging local artists as well as touring retrospectives of established painters and sculptors.

As a city built on America’s first frontier, Louisville is home to a proud tradition of artisanal crafts including glass and ceramic arts, wood and metal work, and decorative domestic crafting with an original Louisville twist. Explore the arts in Louisville's Art Museums & Galleries.

For the art lover, no visit to Louisville would be complete without a day spent at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville's premier destination for the visual arts. With a collection spanning 6,000 years and ongoing family programming that puts you in the center of art itself, the Speed Art Museum is not to be missed.

In addition to fine art, you’ll find the best of Louisville’s craftsmen and craftswomen hard at work and displaying their finest pieces at Glassworks and KMAC, where classes teach contemporary and traditional classes and galleries display work ranging from the pre-industrial to the startlingly modern.

Explore the art galleries, guilds, and museums listed below to get a glimpse of Louisville’s visual art treasures.