Want to do something that will entertain, fascinate, maybe even stimulate your mind? Along with the many festivals and concerts going on in and around the city, Louisville has over 30 museums and art galleries, including the Kentucky Museum of Art and Crafts, to make your date nights and family trips fun and educational. (Just dont tell the kids that!) They contain contemporary, traditional, craftsman, glass and recycled art that you will actually enjoy looking at! Museum Row on Main has become a huge tourist attraction that boasts Louisville’s rich heritage, history and love of theatre and art on one street. It’s anything but boring!
21c Museum and Hotel Its a museum. Its a hotel. It’s 21c! This brand new and beautifully decorated hotel/museum on Main St. in downtown Louisville contains contemporary art around every corner, some art you don’t even realize is right in front of your eyes! Watch out for the giant red penguins and the award winning bathrooms in the lobby!
Glassworks –This visually stunning gallery has a gift shop, hands on workshop, classes and glass blowing artists to help you be a part of the art as well as view it. They have event space for weddings, reunions and parties on the roof with a great view of the downtown skylight!
Pyro Gallery Located on W. Main, Pyro has a current exhibition called Signature Dish. It is all about food and the inspiration of food by talented chefs, who will display the work in local restaurants. There are exhibits of all mediums and all forms, so be prepared to be amazed.
Speed Art Museum located adjacent to the University of Louisville, the Speed museum has family gallery adventure days, story time, tours and exhibits from a diverse group of artists. Watch for the upcoming remodel of the Speed coming in 2012. Frazier Art Museum has family tours and summer camps so there is fun for all ages!
Frazier Art Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory-Just look for the giant Louisville Slugger baseball bat and you’ll know where you are. This museum is a must for the baseball fan. You receive your own miniature sized bats to take with you and once you visit, you can say you were witness to Louisville’s claim to fame!
Kentucky Derby Museum Newly remodeled after the August ’09 flood caused devastating damage, the derby museum has a “Place your Bets” ride where you can simulate a horse ride at Churchill Downs. There is a fantastic derby hat display and beautiful jockey silks for exhibition.
Edenside Gallery Voted one of the most popular galleries in Louisville by WHAS-11, This charming gallery owned by Nancy Peterson has handmade jewelry and art pieces from local artisans and designers. Located in the highlands on Bardstown Rd. there is something for everyone.
Hawks View Gallery
The Uncommon Art Shop
Mellwood Art Center Originally existing as a Fischer meat packing factory, this property was transformed into one of Louisville’s finest treasures. With 22 foot high ceilings and a large outdoor space full of hanging art, street art and artist studios, everywhere you look there is something to see. Louisville has a trolley ride on the last Friday of the month that includes a stop to the Mellwood Center. People from all over the city can stop, sit in the famous “hand chairs” and explore. http://www.mellwoodartcenter.com/
The difference in a museum and a gallery is that museums are financed by government funding or private donations that are usually not for profit. Galleries showcase art for the purpose of selling it for profit. Galleries tend to be more pricey because the funds from the sales keep the galleries open and support the artists’ livelihood. Support local artists by visiting museums, galleries and other places so we can keep art around to inspire all of us.
Dawn Murrell, Craft Goddess