Small Museums and Historic Homes with Big Attraction in Louisville and Southern Indiana

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Set out on a museum sighting this spring and summer with the family. We all know about Museum Row in downtown Louisville and places like the Muhammad Ali Center. But did you know there are other museums and historical sites around the city that have some valuable and interesting collections housed inside their walls? Here are plenty for you to go scope out together.

Carnegie Center for Art and History

At Carnegie Center in New Albany, families can create and explore art together during a variety of times throughout each month.

Located at 201 East Spring Center, New Albany / 812-944-7336

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Center

Here, at the historic Culbertson Mansion, museum goers and families can view a Victorian artscape like no other.

Located at 914 East Main Street, New Albany / 812-944-9600

Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center

Falls of the Ohio State Park is just one of those hidden gems in the Louisville area. We are so close to such an historic part of the city of Louisville’s timeline as she put her mark on the map of the country.

Located at 201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville / 812-280-9970

Farmington Historic Plantation

At Farmington, go back in time almost 200 years to 1816 when the house and grounds were completed.

Located at 3033 Bardstown Road / 502-452-9920

Howard Steamboat Museum

A steamboat museum, right across the river? Wow! With the iconic Belle of Louisville’s history being linked to Louisville, this place sounds like a fitting spot to venture and learn more about the stories behind the great steamboat era.

Located at 1101 East Market Street, Jeffersonville / 812-283-3728

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Learn about African American education, art, and history at this center in downtown Louisville.

Located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd / 502-583-4100

Kentucky Derby Museum

What more needs to be said about this museum, central to our state, city and all that the Kentucky Derby encompasses? This is a very kid-friendly museum and is now hosting the new Horse Play exhibit.

Located at 704 Central Avenue/ 502-637-1111

Jeffersontown Historical Museum        

Located in the heart of Jeffersontown, this museum is vital to the history of this smaller town which bustles with enthusiasm. A unique doll collection is housed here.

Located at 10635 Watterson Trail / 502-261-8290

Local Speed- Temporary space with the Speed Art Museum

Most people in Louisville are aware that the J.B. Speed Art Museum has been closed for a while for extensive renovations. Local Speed in NuLu offers an art collection space as well as many speakers, outings and family programming on the weekends.

Located at 822 E. Market Street / 502-634-2700

Locust Grove

Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark that is a very pertinent part of Louisville’s history story.

Located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane / 502-897-9845

Museum at the American Printing House for the Blind

This museum was founded in Louisville in 1858 and is the oldest organization of its kind in the country.

Located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue / 502-895-2405

Portland Museum

Visit this distinct museum in the historic Portland neighborhood to learn more about this town along the Ohio River. They just recently announced that they received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and will be offering many exciting programs such as writing workshops for youth.

Located at 2308 Portland Avenue/ 502-776-7678

Schimpff’s Confectionery

This candy store that doubles as a museum close to the banks of the river on the Indiana side is a must-see any time of the year.

Located at 347 Spring Street, Jeffersonville / 812-283-8367

Thomas Edison House

This historic home once thought to have housed Thomas Edison himself for about a year or two while he lived in Louisville is an icon in the Butchertown neighborhood.

Located at 729 East Washington Street / 502-585-5247

Vintage Fire Museum

This museum in Southern Indiana recently had a grand opening and offers such things as exhibits with vintage fire toys as well as fire safety.

Located at 723 Spring Street, New Albany / 812-948-8711

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About Erin Nevitt
Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!
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