Frazier History Museum shares stories that matter through exhibitions, education, performances & events. Its also the “Kentucky Bourbon Trail” official starting point and “Welcome Center”.
The Frazier is a history museum located in the West Main District of downtown Louisville. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frazier documents and reinterprets stories from history using artifacts, exhibitions, and live daily interpretations by a talented staff of teaching artists.
Frazier History Museum has three floors of exhibit space totaling 7,500 square feet. Visitors enter through the Cube, a glass vestibule at 825 West Main that abuts the Gateway Garden, a courtyard between the Frazier and the neighboring brick building. Facilities on the museum’s first floor include the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center, the Museum Store, the Marshall Charitable Foundation Education Center, and the Brown-Forman Theatre. Offices for museum staff are located on the fourth floor and in the basement.
A large family dinner table beside a mantel is the focal point of the room. Known as the “Gracious Table,” it contains a voluminous digital library of Bourbon-related research. This content can be accessed on the table’s interactive surface: as clickable icons flow gently across the screen, visitors can tap them to unlock different entries. Each entry consists of a text caption paired with a visual media file for example, a photograph, a lithographed map, a vintage postcard or an interview segment.
We took in some history, but couldn’t depart with our bottle of the Derby Special Edition Woodford Reserve signed by the Master Distiller. The Derby bottle has been an annual collector’s item anticipated by bourbon and racing fans since it was first introduced in 1999. The first four years of the Derby bottle featured simple graphics that celebrated the Derby. Beginning in 2003, Woodford Reserve began featuring the work of national artists.
Feel free to stay and enjoy one of the scheduled Bourbon tastings it’s a wonderful experience don’t miss out. I enjoyed learning about the Bourbon Trail,
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Open M-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sundays noon – 5 p.m.