Louisville is known for many amazing things – art, culture, and history are just a few of them. Our Highlands apartments in Louisville are ideally located near the heart of downtown which also means that Highland Station is just a short drive away from museums, theaters, historic distilleries, and more.
For residents of our apartments in Highlands Louisville, you’ll have so much fun exploring all of the incredible history and culture that the Derby City has to offer. Below you’ll find just a handful of the ways you can learn about everything Louisville and have fun doing it.
Frazier Kentucky History Museum
Founded in 2004, the Frazier Kentucky History Museum is located less than 4 miles away from Highland Station. The institution was originally established as a museum of historical arms and armor, however, it has since expanded to include local, regional, national, and international history. Guests will enjoy visiting the museum’s impressive collection of toy soldiers – one of the largest in the world with over 30,000 figurines.
Another one of the museum’s most well-known exhibition is The Spirit of Kentucky. Here, visitors will experience a visual guide through the history, craft, and culture of bourbon whiskey. Visit the museum’s website for a list of all exhibitions, events, admission, and more.
Muhammed Ali Center
Just 2.5 miles away from our Highlands apartments in Louisville is the award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammed Ali – the Muhammed Ali Center. Inside the cultural center, guests will explore exhibitions that address the six core principles that Muhammed Ali lived by: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality.
In addition to permanent exhibitions, visitors can expect rotating and temporary exhibits as well. Visit the website for calendars, hours, admission prices, and more.
Known as an American art museum that “connects people to Art and Creative Practice,” the KMAC Museum is a place where you can learn about and explore the creations of Kentucky artisans. The museum is home to some of the most diverse array of artwork in the region. Visitors will walk through galleries of “pen and ink drawing, ceramics, woodworking, painting, photography, glassmaking, film, video, and found objects.”
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft features ever-changing exhibits, so keep an eye on their website for details, education opportunities, and other upcoming events.
Speed Art Museum
The most well-known and frequented museum for art is the Speed Art Museum – endearingly known as “The Speed”. The Speed is home to ancient, classical, and modern art from all around the globe and boasts over 180,000 visitors a year. Focusing on Western art, the museum is the largest and oldest in the state of Kentucky.
Exhibits are changed seasonally and currently include works from Andy Warhol, local Kentucky artists, Native American artists, and more. The Speed also has concerts, gallery talks, film festivals, and more. Check their website for all upcoming exhibitions and events.
The Urban Bourbon Trail
Bourbon is most certainly engrained in Kentucky culture and there’s no better way to learn about and experience this part of the state’s history than on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Instead of touring distilleries, guests will visit Louisville’s best bourbon bars – each with extensive bourbon knowledge. Every bar not only has at least 50 bourbons to taste, but they also have great food, live music, and handcrafted cocktails.
To experience the trail, simply pick up a passport (or download the app) and visit the establishments at your leisure to collect stamps. Once you’ve received all of your stamps, you’ll receive an Urban Bourbon Trailblazer t-shirt and an official Citizen of Bourbon Country certificate. Learn more at the Urban Bourbon Trail website.
Actors Theatre is a non-profit performing arts theater that normally presents nearly 400 performances annually – ranging from classic to contemporary. Because of changes due to the pandemic, the theater has shifted its focus to radio and virtual plays. For a “pay-what-you-can” price, ‘guests’ of the theater can purchase tickets and watch or listen to the theater’s creative performances at home.
Plays and readings are ever-changing and also feature holiday-themed performances. Visit the Actors Theatre website for more information.
Historic Old Louisville Tours
Guided tours are currently on hold until 2021, but that doesn’t mean you can tour historic Old Louisville with your friends and family. Stroll through the Victorian mansion district and marvel at the incredible architecture. Afterward, enjoy a glass of wine and a gourmet meal or a soda and burger at the many dining establishments located in Old Louisville. For a list of things to do and where to eat, visit the Historic Old Louisville website.
Explore the rich culture and history near our Highlands apartments
Louisville is incredibly rich in culture and history. Living at our Highlands apartments in Louisville provides residents access to some of the best museums, galleries, and theaters in the entire state. Stop by and see why you should make Highland Station your home today.