The Louisville Historical Museum presents a variety of community programs and events throughout the year. Programs are usually held at the Museum or at the Louisville Public Library. The Museum also partners with other city departments to present programs at the Louisville Art Center and other venues in Louisville. Look for the Museum booth at the Louisville Farmers Market and other community events.
See descriptions below of regular programming and links to on-line presentations.
The Museum is open from 6-8 PM during downtown Louisville's First Friday Art Walks, 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. Volunteers are available to give tours of all three buildings on the museum campus.
Please check the Museum calendar for specific Art Walk topics.
Brown Bag presentations are usually held on the first Thursday of each month from 12 - 1 pm in the first floor meeting room at the Louisville Public Library. Museum staff or invited guest speakers share a formal presentation or lead a discussion on a historic topic related to local Louisville history or Louisville's role in the context of broader historical themes and events.
Please check the Museum Calendar for specific Brown Bag topics and dates.
Previous Brown Bag presentations:
April 4, 2018
"Early Major League Baseball Through the Eyes of Louisville's Bert Niehoff"
March 15, 2018
"The Coal Giants: History of United Coal Company, Northern Coal Company, and Rocky Mountain Fuel Company"
Museum staff or volunteers lead small group walking tours of Louisville highlighting different aspects of Louisville history. Tours are offered from May - September of each year and are usually held on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10 am.
Registration is requested. Please check the Museum calendar for tour topics, dates, and times.
These self-guided walking and driving tours are available on-line:
National Register of Historic Places
Tour 12 Louisville buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hidden History Walking Tour
Take a tour of downtown Louisville and discover the hidden history that buildings can tell. A family activity backpack to accompany the Hidden History tour is available for checkout at the Children's Desk at the Louisville Public Library.
Louisville Landmarks Online Map
Explore an interactive map of significant buildings and homes throughout Louisville.
The Louisville Historical Museum currently features permanent exhibits in its three historic buildings on Louisville's early history and growth from 1878 - 1955.
The main building, historically known as the Jacoe Store, features a variety of 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. It was the home of two of Louisville's many Italian families: the Tomeo family, then the Rossi family.
The Jordinelli House contains a six-foot by six-foot replica of original downtown Louisville, which was made by Louisville native, Dick Del Pizzo.
Lost Louisville - Explore images of Louisville buildings and businesses from Louisville's past.
Louisville's Italian Heritage - Learn about Louisville's earliest immigrants and the Society of Italian Americans.