Frazier History Museum

Promoting the understanding of our past to create a better future. 

 
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“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

About Us

The Frazier History Museum is where the world meets Kentucky. It 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 Geronimo's bow and arrows, 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. Temporary exhibits are always in flux at The Frazier, and highlight aspect of Kentucky's history at home and abroad. 

The Frazier History Museum in partnership with the Kentucky Distillers' Association® is proud to announce the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center & Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit in 2018. Located on the first floor of the Frazier and set to open in August 2018, the Welcome Center will serve as the Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Located within the Welcome Center will be a professional and friendly concierge service that will help thousands of visitors plan their trips to Bourbon distilleries throughout the state, as well as how to navigate Louisville’s burgeoning Bourbon, culinary and nightlife scene. The Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition will be a visual guide to the history, craft and culture of the Bourbon industry, sharing stories of the people, places and events that have made Bourbon the signature product of Kentucky and America’s only true native spirit.
 

There were 1.2 million visits to Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Experiences in 2017, and most of those visitors started planning their trip with the simple question, “Where does it start?” With the opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center and Spirit of Kentucky Exhibit in 2018, the answer will be, “It starts here” — at the Frazier History Museum!

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, and small theater. 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

Mission:
Ignite the human spirit with thoughtfully crafted stories to spark curiosity about who we are and our connection to the future.  

Vision:
To be a compelling destination about Kentucky's culture, heritage, and its relationship to the world.