Promoting the understanding of our past to create a better future.
“With a greater knowledge of history, we can fully appreciate the great difficulties and the great opportunities that lie ahead. By reconnecting with our past, we can renew a sense of who we are, what we stand for, and where we are headed.”
- Owsley Brown Frazier, Founder
The Frazier History Museum is a home for everything that people in Kentucky are most proud of, bringing history to life for visitors through exhibits, artifacts and live performances every day. The Frazier is proud to present multiple live performances every day by our talented staff of costumed actors known as “teaching artists”. The experience brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world!
In the Frazier collection visitors will learn about some really cool artifacts. From the family bible of the legendary pioneer Daniel Boone, to the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, every artifact is displayed with a thought-provoking story. Visitors learn more about the surrender of the great Apache leader Geronimo as they look at his bow and arrows. The story of Lewis and Clark’s Expedition is shared brilliantly in the Lewis & Clark Experience as viewers get an up-close look at the Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace Medal and many of the actual tools that survived the 7000 mile journey.
The Frazier is also very proud to be in the initial stages of planning an expanded bourbon history exhibit and experience with a targeted opening date in 2018. In partnership with the Kentucky Distillers Association® the Frazier has been named as an initial stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Leading up to that exciting expansion the Frazier boasts The Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky. The interactive and educational exhibition traces the rise of the temperance movement from 1920 through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933, taking an in depth look at America’s “Noble Experiment”
The Frazier Museum is located in downtown Louisville’s “Museum Row” in a beautiful 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility originally called the “Doerhoefer Building,” a late 19th century, Chicago-style commercial structure.
The Frazier has three floors of exhibits, an education center, Museum Store, two stages and a tournament ring. The museum also has multiple event spaces available for rent, including a beautiful Rooftop Garden featuring seasonal blooming flowers, a Fourth Floor Loft space that accommodates up to 360 people seated, and a Speakeasy with a bar inside of the Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky exhibit.
The Frazier Museum is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program and the American Association of Museums (AAM) and participates in a reciprocal membership network through the North American Reciprocal museum Program (NARM).
Mission & Vision
Engage visitors with the power of history to understand who we are, what we stand for, and where we are headed.
Create a dynamic visitor experience that tells the stories of how people and events have shaped our history and are relevant to today and tomorrow.