Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Woodford Reserve & the Kentucky Derby: Two Decades of Artistry, Bourbon and Horse Racing March 20 2019 - January 2020

Celebrating two industries that perhaps best represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the world: horse racing and Bourbon.

For 20 years artists have celebrated the Kentucky Derby™, the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports™, with iconic depictions that have decorated commemorative bottles of Woodford Reserve since 1999. For the first time, all 20 bottles of the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby will be gathered for special exhibition at the Frazier History Museum. In partnership with Brown-Forman, the bottles will be displayed along with the original art work reproduced on their labels. Additionally, the exclusive handcrafted series of silver mint julep cups and premium gold cups, specialty glasses, and vintage Derby advertisements will be curated as part of this special collection that will leave guests both reminiscing about their past experiences and looking forward to the next first Saturday in May.

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Olmsted’s Louisville
April 10 – October 20, 2019

This exhibition will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, created to preserve the ultimate park system of Frederick Law Olmsted’s career. The Louisville system is one of only four completed park systems in the world designed by Olmsted, who is best known for his work on Central Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and the Biltmore Estate grounds in Asheville, North Carolina. Featuring historical documents, architectural plans, photographs and interactives, Olmsted’s Louisville will pay tribute to this famous landscape architect, exploring his legacy through his impact on the people, the neighborhoods, and the natural features of Louisville.

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Freak Power:
Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff
April 30 – September 2, 2019

This exhibit will explore Louisville’s native son, Hunter S. Thompson’s, and his bid to become sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. Thompson’s writing for the campaign and the art created to accompany it are among the most notable and passionate works he ever produced. The show will feature 125 limited edition silkscreen prints, offset lithographs, reproductions of historical newspaper articles, documentary photographs, as well as a 30-minute BBC documentary on the campaign and additional rare and historic footage.

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Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky
September 19, 2019 – February 2020

Music is an art-form that transcends boundaries. A popular song can cross national, racial, social, and economic lines to become part of a greater common culture.

Kentucky is often credited for its role in the development of bluegrass music, but the state has produced seminal figures in nearly ever significant movement in American music from ragtime to country, folk to blues, jazz to R&B and classic rock to hip hop.

This exhibit is a celebration of the rich, mostly untold tale of Kentucky music. The Bluegrass state deserves a place on the American music pantheon along with Mississippi, Louisiana, and all the other celebrated musical capitals.

65 Years of White Christmas
November 19, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Irving Berlin’s classic holiday film White Christmas celebrates its 65th anniversary this year as one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved musical films of the Christmas season. Loosely based on Irving Berlin’s 1942 film Holiday Inn, White Christmas follows the romantic journey of two song-and-dance teams, one of which involves two World War II veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, and the other, two sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes. The two groups travel together to the Columbia Inn, a Vermont ski lodge, and over the course of their stay team up to perform a Christmas show to help the lodge owner — Wallace and Davis’s former commander, General Waverly — save his lodge from bankruptcy.


Women Vote 100 Celebration
March 2020 – January 2021

On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment allowing women the right to vote. The Frazier Museum will coordinate Louisville suffrage effort, launching a major community celebration including more than 100 different partner organizations, and is working with the Louisville Office of Women to make sure the celebration is inclusive, and will examine and explore what suffrage looks like today. The exhibition will place Kentucky’s suffrage movement within the context of the national movement, while exploring the specifics of our state’s particular journey, its stars and its villains, its triumphs and defeats.