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'15-Minute' Museum Chats

First Friday of Every Month, from May through October :: 6–8pm
Join Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon and new staff member Megan Huelman during First Friday Art Walk as they put on a series of short talks that will be repeated throughout the two-hour time period:

  • May 1, Favorite Historic Photos of Downtown Louisville
  • June 5, Louisville's Main Street
  • July 3, Calamities and Forces of Nature in Louisville
  • August 7, Getting Around Town
  • September 4, Louisville Parades in Old Photos
  • October 2, Murders and Other Crimes in Downtown Louisville

2015 Historic Walking Tours (suggested donation for each tour is $5 per person)

Main Street Stories :: May 30, August 29
Anne Robinson reprises her tour covering the development of Louisville's Main Street. The tour leaves at 9:30am from the front steps of the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street.

Miners Field Neighborhood :: June 27, September 12
Diane Marino leads this tour of the neighborhood of small homes around the historic local ball park. The tour leaves at 9:30am from the north side of Miners Field.


Brown Bag Discussions, 2015

THUR (quarterly) :: 12–1pm :: Library Meeting Room, 951 Spruce Street
Facilitated by Bridget Bacon, Museum Coordinator. Bring your lunch and join us for another in this series of informal discussions on Louisville history. Topics to be announced.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • September 3, Louisville's Neighborhood High School
    Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon will share photos and the history of the former Louisville High School building located at Garfield & Walnut in Old Town Louisville. From 1920 to 1939, junior high and high school students attended this school, and it was during this period that they became known as the “Pirates.”
  • December 3, TBA

Featured Exhibit

The Louisville Historical Museum is currently featuring an exhibit showing the original painted canvas stage curtain from the Rex Theatre at 817 Main Street (former site of the Rex Restaurant). The exhibit gives the background on the 22 downtown Louisville businesses advertised on the colorful curtain, which dates from the silent film era of the 1920s.

Look in the Museum’s front windows to see an exhibit of Photos from Historic Farms of the Louisville Area. Much of modern Louisville has been built on the sites of these former farms. Also, some farms have been acquired as Open Space.

National Register of Historic Places

Take a self-guided walking tour of the 12 Louisville buildings on the National Register of Historic Places!

Louisville Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places


Past Exhibits

The Museum has featured an exhibit on Remembering the Monarch Mine Explosion of 1936. Read a detailed narrative of this explosion, which killed eight coal miners, as well as its possible causes:

»"Blast: The 1936 Monarch Mine Explosion" by William M. Cohen.