I must say, I've never been a huge museum buff. Then again, I never did like to read until I got out of college (Go figure). So the prospect of Louisville's Downtown revitalization including what is now call Museum Row on Main was not something I had thought of as a main reason to head downtown, until now.
In February of 2013, four of the museums located on Museum Row on Main offered Kentucky and Indiana residents a $5 admission special for entry into all four museums. My inlaws happened to be in town during February, and my wife, the ever-attentive bargain hunter, noticed the special, so we decided to spend a day in Downtown Louisville on Museum Row on Main. To my surprise, this experience far-exceeded my expectations, and here are a couple of reasons why:
1. Louisville Slugger Museum highlights one of the world's most recognizable brands. Seriously, I'm not sure why it took a trip to the Slugger Museum to realize this, but the Louisville Slugger brand is historic, having made its first bat for a professional baseball player all the way back in 1884 for Pete "The Louisville Slugger" Brown. As a Louisville native, I was stunned by the memoribilia contained at the Louisville Slugger Museum, and when confronted with the sheer number of professionals who choose to use Louisville Slugger bats and to see their names, one can have nothing but pride in a business as highly successful and respected as this one. The tour is a great way to learn the history as well as to see how the bat-making process works. Plus, everyone gets a free mini-bat, and of course, one can always pay for their personalized full sized Louisville Slugger Bat. My kids are 4 & 6, and they enjoyed this museum very much.
2. Our second stop of the day was a visit to the Frazier History Museum. This fine museum is striking in its organization and cleanliness. One of the main draws for my family, and particularly my young sons, was the incredible collection of toy soldiers. Nearly everywhere we looked, there were collections of detailed toy soldiers commemorating a number of wars across the globe over the years. The Frazier is also known for its large collection of antique weaponry, and my sons were mesmerized by the Samurai presentation where a Samurai discussed his battle gear and swords.
Our day ended at the Frazier History Museum, however, we could have continued on to the Muhammad Ali Center, 21c Museum Hotel, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Science Center, and/or Glassworks.
In summary, Museum Row on Main is an excellent option for Louisville visitors or natives like myself who have underestimated the quality & appeal of these world class attractions!