Is there an admission fee?
No, the Louisville Historical Museum is free and open to the public. The Museum is owned and operated by the City of Louisville, and is part of the Department of Library & Museum Services.
What is there to see at the Museum?
The Museum has three historic buildings constructed between 1903 and 1908 to show visitors. One of our staff members or volunteers will give you a tour.
The main building, historically known as the Jacoe Store, features artifacts and historic photographs that reflect the settlement and industry of Louisville, such as coal mining artifacts and the 1920s-era painted theatre curtain from the Rex Theatre on Main Street.
The Tomeo House is interpreted as a coal miner’s house, with a kitchen, bedroom, and sitting room.
The Jordinelli House contains a six-foot by six-foot replica of original downtown Louisville, which was made by Louisville native, Dick Del Pizzo
Are there other things to do near the Museum?
Yes, the Museum is located right on Main Street (1001 Main) and is within easy walking distance of Louisville’s popular restaurants and shops. You might also enjoy exploring the nearby historic neighborhoods with their former mining families’ houses on small lots. Some of them are the original “tiny houses”!
Is the Museum open during any of Louisville's downtown events and festivals?
Yes, the Museum often participates in downtown events by opening its doors to the public! The Museum is open from 6-8 PM during each First Friday Art Walk, with a fun different historic topic to explore each time. Many of our Art Walk visitors are repeat visitors who come by to see what new topic we’re highlighting that night.
The Museum is also open during the annual events of the Taste of Louisville and Parade of Lights, and opens after the Labor Day Parade (approximately noon) until 2 PM.
Where is the Museum?
If you’re mailing material to the Museum, please send it to:
- Louisville Historical Museum, 749 Main St., Louisville, CO 80027
However, the physical address of the Museum is 1001 Main Street.
Are the Museum buildings ADA accessible?
The three small historic buildings on the Museum campus are not ADA accessible and the single restroom is not ADA accessible. However, we do our best to accommodate visitors, and all three buildings have ramps or sloped entrances.
What parking is available?
Free street parking is readily available. There is also a small free City parking lot accessible from the alley behind the Museum. One space there is designated as a handicap parking space.
What is your policy regarding photography in the Museum?
- Visitors are welcome to take personal photos during their visit. We ask that you not take photos of historic photos on exhibit. Professionals and amateurs may take exterior photos on the Museum campus without paying fees.
May I obtain digital versions of Museum photos?
Yes. Please see the Photograph Reproduction Policy & Agreement, which lays out the fee schedule. Photos can be selected by number from the online photo collection. Then please contact the Museum to place your order, pay the fee, and sign the Agreement.
Can I bring my pet?
Please refrain from bringing animals, other than service dogs, into the historical buildings.
Can I eat at the Museum?
Out of consideration for the preservation of the Museum’s historical artifacts and small historical buildings, we ask that you refrain from eating or drinking inside the buildings during your visit, other than drinking from covered containers. Food and drink may be left in the Museum office area during your visit.
Can I arrange for a group tour? What about a school tour or scout tour?
Yes! Please contact the Museum at least a few weeks in advance to arrange it, and we will do our best to accommodate your group. We encourage scout groups to arrange ahead of time to visit on a Saturday during the open hours.
Also, please give us advance notice any time you plan to bring a group of 6 or more people to the Museum during the public hours.
Do all Museum programs and events take place at the Museum?
Due to the small sizes of the Museum buildings and the lack of ADA accessibility, we schedule many of the Museum programs and events to take place in other locations, such as in the meeting room at the Louisville Public Library.
The Museum also regularly offers walking tours that are off-site. When planning to come to a Museum program or event, please note the correct location or meeting place contained in the event information posted on the website.
How can I read The Louisville Historian?
Our members receive the Museum’s quarterly publication, The Louisville Historian, in the mail. The Historian contains interesting articles about the history of Louisville as well as information about upcoming programs.
The Louisville Historian is the main benefit of membership and is likely the reason why we have such a high number of paying memberships for a town of Louisville’s size! If you love living in the Louisville area, want to find out more about Louisville’s history and culture, or have a connection to Louisville’s historic families, you should consider becoming a member!
In addition, many past issues of The Louisville Historian can be read online. Those that are not yet available online can be viewed or copied at the Museum.
How do I become a member?
The membership program is a collaboration of the Museum and the Louisville History Foundation. Membership dues and monetary donations are collected by the Foundation and are used in support of the Museum. You may pick up a membership form at the Historical Museum or print out a form here. Please make checks payable to the Louisville History Foundation, Inc. You may also join and renew online at the History Foundation website:
How can I view the historic photo collection or historic newspapers?
Much of our photo collection is viewable and searchable online:
The Museum staff is adding more photos to the online collection all the time. Please contact the Museum if you’re looking for something in particular that you can’t find online. We are grateful to all of the people who have donated historic photos since the Museum was established in 1986.
Most of the Louisville Times issues since 1942, and many from before 1942, have been digitized and are searchable online:
The Museum also has other research resources you may want to investigate:
How can I learn about the history of a specific historic building in Louisville?
Each historic building in Louisville has an interesting history! The Museum Coordinator has researched and written reports on a large portion of the historic buildings in Louisville. Please contact the Museum Coordinator by phone or email as one of your first steps in looking into the background of a specific historic building in Louisville.
The online photo collection also includes many photos of Louisville buildings. When possible, the Museum staff has included addresses of buildings in the photo descriptions in the catalog records.
In doing your keyword search, we recommend doing a search on the building address contained in quotes, such as typing “1001 Main” into the keyword search box. Such a search will bring up photos with descriptions that contain this address, as well as the relevant images of the Boulder County Assessor Cards for buildings in Old Town Louisville. These were made available to the Museum courtesy of the Carnegie Library for Local History / Assessor's Office collection.
How do I donate artifacts, photos, or documents?
Thank you for considering offering an item to the Louisville Historical Museum! If you have something that you would like the Museum staff to consider, please read about what the Museum accepts and see the Museum Wish List, then contact the Museum staff by phone or email.