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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.

Looking Ahead

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.