Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions


Nutcracker The Exhibition: 60 Years of Magic and Majesty

November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Nutcracker: The Exhibition celebrates Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker, a beloved holiday tradition in the Louisville community for six decades, from its early amateur company performances in the 1950s to the current lavish production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. The exhibition features original costumes and costume designs, stage models, set pieces, props, photographs, and other artifacts from Nutcracker performances past and present including the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu, the King Rat’s Cape, the Snow Queen’s tiara, and the original bowing nutcracker doll from the first Nutcracker staged in the Kentucky Center for the Arts in 1983.  Visitors can also learn how many layers it takes to make a tutu, how stage technicians make it snow on stage, and what it’s like to be a member of the Nutcracker Children’s Cast through interactive displays and activities.  Whether you’re a longtime fan or a Nutcracker novice, this exhibition is sure to inform and delight!

Mona bismark with legal line.jpg

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...