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. 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 7000 mile journey and the decisiveness it took to make the fabled Western Ocean.

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 the Official Starting Point of 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, 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


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


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