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The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is nestled in the charming Old Louisville neighborhood. Steeped in history, this beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque building was once the home of two Louisville entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William Caldwell. Inside, the preservation society maintains a splendid collection of antiques and memorabilia that highlights the Edwardian age. Overall, it's a great opportunity to see original furnishings, exquisite paintings and ornate chandeliers that reflected the opulent life in the early 20th-Century.
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the state. Notable and prominent Kentuckians include Muhammad Ali, jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, songwriter Wilson Pickett and many others that have left their indelible mark. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, the center creates programs that promote social justice, activism, art and awareness among the public at large. Additionally, the center celebrates the cultural legacy of the African-American community with nights that promote poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.
The Speed Art Museum is home to one of the most revered art collections in the South. At 12,000 pieces strong, there is no shortage of stuff to display, so visitors are continually treated to glimpse after glimpse into over 6,000 years worth of fine, fine art. Housed in a stately building of Kentucky limestone, the place oozes history and grandeur. Special attention is paid to American -- and particularly Kentuckian -- art, but the whole world is well represented, with whole collections dedicated to Europe, Africa, the Ancient World and more. See website for exhibition schedule and complete visitor details.
The Portland Museum is dedicated to the local history and culture of this affluent local Louisville community. Some local academics established the museum in 1978 and it grew from those humble beginnings to an interesting attraction. Of course the focus is on the neighborhood's heritage, with the museum's collection featuring many exhibitions and interactive displays including original paintings, photographs, dioramas, life-size models, memorabilia and documentaries.
Established in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind has provided ancillary services and products to the visually-impaired community for more than a century. Inside the museum, visitors can witness the institution's contribution to the blind with materials and technology that helps foster well-being and independence. Take a free guided tour of the factory to understand the advancement of resources since the 1850s – from Braille, writing and audio devices, to digital media, computers as well as mobility canes and dog harnesses.
The museum is dedicated to the preservation, and showcasing the history of the Howard family, their mansion and shipyards. This beautiful home was built in the 1890s by premier steamboat builders, the Howards of Jeffersonville. The museum home is spread over two floors. On the first floor, visitors will get a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of the owners and his family led. On display are original furnishings, brass chandeliers, stained glass windows, intricate carvings throughout and even a grand staircase which leads to the upper floors. In fact, the whole house is full of handmade woodwork and carvings and will surely amaze its visitors. On the second floor, there is a wonderful display of riverboat models and other shipping related memorabilia. The museum is open to public all round the year, and offers personal and group tours.