Museums in Smoketown, Louisville


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  • Cave Hill Cemetery Co
    The most famous resident of Cave Hill Cemetery is undoubtedly Colonel Harlan Sanders, the magnate behind Kentucky Fried Chicken. Today he rests within a sublime, highly picturesque landscape, surrounded by enough Victorian tombstones and mausoleums to warrant the cemetery’s position on the National Register of Historic Places.
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    701 Baxter Avenue
    Louisville, KY US
  • The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
    It's easy to see why The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is often referred to as "Conrad's Castle." The massive limestone mansion was a marvel when architect Arthur Loomis built it in the late 19th century, using indoor plumbing, electricity, and all the other modern innovations of the time. Today, the house stands as a piece of history, one where preserved decor and family heirlooms make it look just as it did when William and Elaine Caldwell lived there in 1908. Size: a three-story Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, with two floors filled with furniture, paintings, and other antiques circa 1908 Eye Catchers: the limestone masonry work of the house's exterior, including many gargoyles Don't Miss: one of the docent-led tours, which may even be hosted by a member of the Caldwell family The Price Tag: it cost about $75,000 to build the home in the late 1800s; that would translate to around $3?$4 million today Crown Jewel: the Front Hall, where a hand-caved oak grand staircase takes center stage Pro Tip: look closely at the floors, moldings, and woodwork?each of the house's main rooms was finished in a different type of hardwood While You're in the Neighborhood: visit the other historic homes in the area, such as the Thomas Edison House, where an unnamed genius used to live Special Programs: twilight tours held the third Thursday of every month, special exhibits on the third floor, and lectures held throughout the year
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    651 S 4th St.
    Louisville, KY US
  • Filson Historical Society
    Specializing in senior portraits, engagements, and family photos, Kelly Rockhold Photography snaps professional shots of even the most photophobic customers, successfully recording proof of life before it flees into the past. Families or individuals can choose their own modeling spots (an urban, historic downtown, or a park location) and bend, contort, and jimmy-jam their bodies into as many poses as they can fit into the 60-minute session. In addition to the prints and CD of two digital photos, photo subjects will skip away with e-shareable web-sized photos (400x600 pixels) tagged with Kelly Rockhold Photography's watermark to ensure the photos aren't used in airline safety brochures without consent. This Groupon also gives customers a 25% discount on all additional print orders of more than $100. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
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    1310 S 3rd St
    Louisville, KY US
  • Muhammad Ali Center
    Images, multimedia presentations, and interactive exhibits share the legacy of the great boxer and the core values that shaped his life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Visitors can train like the champ, watch his most celebrated fights, and gaze at artwork created by kids from all over the world at the Hope and Dream Wall.
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    144 N 6th St
    Louisville, KY US
  • 21 C Museum
    The first hint that 21c isn’t your typical hotel: the 37-foot, gold-painted replica of Michelangelo's David, that’s stationed outside. The first sign that’s it’s not your typical museum? How about the fact that the art gallery is open 24/7 giving the public round-the-clock access to 9,000-square-feet of rotating and permanent exhibits, including its famous red penguins.
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    700 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY US
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
    On the First Friday of every month, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft invites the community to peruse its wares for free. The museum, along with many of its neighbors on Louisville's Museum Row, participates in the First Friday Trolley Hop, a tour of the vibrant local art scene. It's one of many ways the museum team opens their 27,000 square feet of rotating art exhibits, which highlight styles from American folk art to taxidermy. The displays emphasize the importance of materials and process, rather than focusing exclusively on the final product. This philosophy extends to the museum's art workshops, in which kids make finger puppets, bracelets, and even mini-greenhouses well suited for pet hamsters who've always dreamed of gardening.
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    715 W Main St.
    Louisville, KY US

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