Clarion Hotel Conference Center Louisville North
505 Marriott Dr.
Clarksville, IN 47129
Phone: (812) 283-4411
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Arts & Museums
Muhammad Ali could be considered by many as one of Louisville's most prodigious sons. This stunning multipurpose facility devoted to the boxing great promotes his ethos and six core principles of Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality. The building also provides event space and it offers guests an opportunity to relive the life and times of the man who was born as Cassius Clay. Some exhibits include a movie, a number of interactive video displays, and educational programs on how to become involved in social justice projects within the community.
Cobalt Artworks is a gallery in downtown Louisville featuring artwork from a shifting series of artists, along with gift and souvenir items for sale. Their first exhibit was a year-long retrospective on artist LeRoy Neiman - known for his brightly-colored work featuring golf and horse-racing.
Ever wanted to learn tapestry weaving or carve delicate features in stone? The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft is the place to explore hidden talents in an array of workshops, browse art exhibits in the gallery or shop for unique cadeaux at the gift store. Workshops for adults and children teach skills as varied as quilt-making and drawing and classes are also offered for special needs students. Moreover, there is always a touring art exhibit of some type as well as a permanent collection; the museum does charge a small fee for admittance.
While the Louisville Science Center is not necessarily the Museum of Natural History or the Smithsonian, it is a fun place to bring the kids. However, adults will also enjoy the interactive exhibits, educational events and IMAX presentations, so it's not just for children. Exhibits focus on both general science and regional Kentucky attributes such as agriculture, coal, etc.
Leaning like an all-American obelisk on its building, the Louisville Slugger Museum's signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized as the biggest piece of ash that will probably not see any action on the diamond. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to a baseball experience that details the history of this iconic baseball Major League fixture since 1884. The best part is the 30-minute tour of the factory floor, where you'll see real Sluggers being crafted out of raw timber. When you enter, sign up for the chance to obtain your own signature bat, it will be ready by the time you leave.
Reenactments, music, photography, lectures, and artifacts are just some of the many ways the Frazier International History Museum helps bring the excitement of history to a contemporary audience. This 100,000 square-foot, three-floor museum's permanent collection includes Theodore Roosevelt's "Big Stick," Daniel Boone's bible, and Geronimo's bow. Children and adults are sure to be entertained by various daily reenactments, while an ongoing series of historical lectures provides fascinating insights. Groups can rent designated areas of the museum, including the fifth-floor roof garden which overlooks the Ohio River.
Whiskey connoisseur or not, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a must visit when in Louisville. This establishment is named after Kentucky's pioneering distiller and offers an insight into Williams' life and work. A guided tour of the distillery features an audio-visual interactive exhibition on the history of bourbon and its manufacturing process through the times. Visitors can also witness the state-of-the-art mechanism in use. At the end of the tour, sample some varieties like rye bourbon and single barrel bourbon, and take home unique souvenirs like bourbon mustard, maple syrup and toffee.
The Portland Museum is dedicated to the local history and culture of Louisville's affluent riverside community. Established in 1978 by a group of school teachers, it grew from humble beginnings to offer an educational and interesting insight into the neighborhood's heritage. Their collection features myriad exhibitions and interactive displays including original paintings, photographs, dioramas, life-size models, memorabilia and documentaries. Take a guided tour of the museum and explore the former town later with a walking excursion.
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all rolled into one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or visit the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions (event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function).
Located in the Historic Russell District, this African American Museum offers a variety of unique exhibits and special events.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage showcases the legacy and cultural contributions of the African American community in the state. Through exhibitions, programs and activities, it aims to create awareness among the public. To celebrate their vibrant heritage, it also hosts poetry readings, plays, dinners and concerts.
The Kaviar Forge and Gallery showcases award-winning sculptor Craig Kaviar's work - along with a variety of other artists and mediums. Mr. Kaviar has revitalized what was once an abandoned piece of land for his studio, gallery, and sculpture garden, and today visitors come from all over to admire the array of forged metalwork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, and woodwork. If they are lucky, from the gallery they may observe the metal being forged on the vegetable oil-fueled forge in the studio below. Special group tours are available.