The Louisville Historical Museum provides a variety of services to the Louisville community, in addition to supplying research information and photos to the City of Louisville administration.
- The Museum is a place where tourists visit to learn about Louisville and tour the historical buildings, and it is also the repository of historical records of the town
- The Museum accepts donations of artifacts, donations, and photos that are used in exhibits and that shed light on the interesting history of our community
- In fact, thousands of the Museum’s historic photos are now viewable and searchable online
- We lend support to K-8 education by giving tours to elementary school classes, and the Museum additionally organizes fun and interesting public events and programs throughout the year
- The Museum also supplies reports on historic buildings to the Planning Department and property owners and administers an Oral History Program
The Museum collections consist of the permanent collection, the education collection, and the reference collection. These collections and procedures relating to the collections, and the Museum’s full scope statement, are further described in the Collections Management Policy.
The strengths of the collections are in the artifacts, maps, and records relating to coal mining in the area; historic photos of downtown Louisville; items relating to Louisville families and houses; items relating to immigrants who came to the Louisville area; and business items from the Louisville area.
The process to plan for the Museum's future needs began almost 15 years ago. In the past five years, we have completed a formal needs assessment, a master plan, and a conceptual design for a new Museum campus that includes a visitor center.
Programs & Exhibits
As part of its mission to preserve and interpret Louisville's past, the Museum presents a variety of programs each year. Along with a collection of documents and artifacts in its collection, the Museum also creates special exhibits in the Museum and for the exhibit cases in the Library's art gallery space.
Purchase DVD & Photos
Along with assisting students and residents with research tasks related to Louisville history, the Museum also provides reproductions of historic photos in its collection.
The Museum has regular hours four days each week. In addition, the Museum features special topics on Friday evenings during the First Friday Art Walks. Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon and Museum staff are also available for research assistance and group tours, with prior arrangement.