Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions


Nutcracker The Exhibition: 60 Years of Magic and Majesty

November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Nutcracker: The Exhibition celebrates the Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition in the Louisville community for over six decades. The exhibition features original costumes, stage models, set recreations, photographs, and other artifacts from Nutcracker performances past and present.  Hands-on interactive activities further allow visitors to explore the history and magic of this enchanting ballet.  Whether you’re a longtime fan or a Nutcracker novice, this exhibition is sure to inform and delight! 

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World War I

Fall 2017

Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of the United States of America entering into WWI and all the brave men who served, the Frazier History Museum is presenting an exhibit to be on display in the fall of 2017. It will feature photographs, postcards, uniforms, and personal stories from the Great War. Items on display will include a very rare experimental M1 Helmet made by the Ford Motor Company and WWI Trench Art made by soldiers out of found objects. Visitors will also learn about Louisville, Kentucky’s Camp Taylor, one of only 16 camps operating in the U.S. during WWI.  

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Magnificent Mona Bismarck

March 15, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Famous for her trademark silver hair, aquamarine eyes, and uncompromising sense of fashion, Louisville Kentucky native Mona Bismark was the first American to be declared the Best-Dressed Woman in the World, a distinction bestowed upon her in 1933 by luminaries from the world of haute couture. She was mentioned in movies, lyrics and alluded to in books. One of the most photographed socialites in her day, this show will feature extensive images, commissioned by Vogue from photographers of note, and personal portraits by artist Salvador Dali and Savely Sorine, that hung in Mona’s superb homes throughout the world. The show will span five decades of Mona’s personal couture beginning in her Golden Years of the 1930s and concluding in the 1970s upon her retirement from the public spotlight.


Future project: Expanded Bourbon Experience and Visitor Center in Partnership with the Kentucky Distiller's Association

The Frazier History Museum has announced that the Museum will explore and develop the concept of a new and expanded Bourbon experience that will include a visitor center and, in partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), will serve as an official starting point to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. More...