Frazier History Museum

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For Families

Sure, children are the future – but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a blast learning about the past! The Frazier Museum is excited to present special exhibits, gallery experiences, events and programs designed for children and families who love learning about true stories from other times and other cultures. 

From Second Saturdays to summer camps, story time and birthday parties, we’re here to help your family have fun and experience history together.  See below for our exciting array of offerings, including our latest upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

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Second Saturday

FAMILY DAY

SECOND SATURDAY: THE MIGHTY OHIO RIVER
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019 | 11 AM - 3 PM

Louisville wouldn’t exist if not for the treacherous falls located on the Ohio River.  The Great River spans 981 miles, flows past six states, and provides over five-million people with drinking water today. Through the Harlan Hubbard Watercolors Exhibit, our own collection, and the help of great friends, we’ll spend the day celebrating the history of the river that has given us so much. We’ll have History in Hand stations, special performances, a boat-making craft, activities, and much more. 

Our friends from Water Step will be here to demonstrate the water purification machines and methods they send around the world to help provide clean drinking water for all.

Bring a pair of gently used tennis shoes to receive a $4 discount on admission on March 9th, and Water Step will use the donation to further the cause of clean water.

All program activities are included in the price of admission


TARTAN DAY CELEBRATION OF SCOTTISH HERITAGE
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Join the Scottish Society of Louisville at the Frazier History Museum as we celebrate Tartan Day, the day honoring Scottish Heritage in North America.

Our friends from the Scottish Society will be here to share the sights, sounds, and tastes of Scotland with any and all interested museum visitors. Learn about the interesting clothing, music, weapons, and foods, even give traditional Scottish dancing a try!
All activities are included with museum admission.


Fun For All Ages

Gallery Interactions for Children and Families

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There’s something different every day at the museum! Our staff of talented Teaching Artists and Education team members are excited to offer daily gallery interactions designed to help visitors experience history through hands-on activities and friendly conversation. You can check out the full menu of tours, talks and performances here, and learn more about our gallery interactions specially designed for kids and families below! Programming varies daily, and the schedule can be found here.

Story Time
Join us in one of the museum’s galleries for Story Time, an interactive activity designed for children, but enjoyable for adults too!  Story Time brings items from our collection to life through children’s stories like The Boy Who Looked Like LincolnThe Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, a breathtaking Lakota Sioux legend; beloved children’s classic of the Victorian age The Secret Garden and The Smallest Samurai, a Japanese twist on the beloved English folktale of Tom Thumb.
20–30 min.

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Make It, Take It
Staff at craft stations located throughout the museum are offering hands-on lessons to educate visitors of all ages about specific artifacts in the museum’s collection.
30–45 min.

Second Saturdays at the Frazier

On the second Saturday of every month, the Frazier History Museum offers museum-wide hands-on activities, special guests, live performances, and gallery interactions centered around a theme. Our Second Saturday programming is included with museum admission (free for members!). Check out upcoming dates and themes here.

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Birthday Parties

Take birthdays to the next level for kids who love to explore stories from times gone by! The Frazier offers a birthday party experience for children that includes a dedicated birthday room and paper goods, as well as hands-on activities, time in our galleries AND an interactive interpretation/performance of your choice based on these themes: medieval knights, real-life princesses or cowboys/cowgirls. We even provide a birthday host/hostess educator to help your party run smoothly. More information can be found here.

School Break Camps

When school’s out, join us for fun-filled days so full of making, playing, exploring, laughing, and meeting amazing guest presenters, that you won’t even realize you’re learning! Our summer and winter break camps are designed for rising 1st through 6th graders. All camp sessions are taught by professional educators, limited to 18 children, and run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the option for extended care until 5:30PM. Check back on this page for more information when camps registration is open, or sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know!