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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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    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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