The Frazier History Museum, previously known as the Frazier Historical Arms Museum and the Frazier International History Museum, is a history museum located on Museum Row in the West Main District of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frazier documents and reinterprets stories from history using artifacts, gallery talks, and live interpretations that are written and performed in costume by a staff of teaching artists.
Founded in 2004 as a museum of historical arms and armor, the Frazier has since expanded its focus to cover regional, national, and international history. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of toy soldiers and historic miniatures on permanent public display in the world, The Stewart Collection. Subjects of other permanent exhibitions include historic arms, bourbon whiskey, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
Tyler Rose | Mar 3, 2018
I went here to look at the Hunger Games exhibit and had a fun time looking at the lore and the behind the scenes stuff. I've gone here before for school trips and every time I go I learn something new, if that matters. Great place to go for history and some of the special exhibits have been really cool. Highly suggest you visit if you have the chance.
Noelle Raque | Feb 14, 2018
Love going to 2nd Saturday of the month! It gave us an opportunity to see what exhibits are new at the museum. Plus participate in the themed activities. Loved the Presidential Love Letters read, the toy soldiers and interactive Lewis and Clark Section are all Awesome! My son, whose 8, loved it and we stayed 3 hrs.
Marion Calabro | Mar 3, 2018
Great museum with something for everyone. A mixture of Kentucky history that stands alone as well as how it blends with broader American experiences. Thee collection of figurines is as remarkable as it is diverse. The Lewis and Clark Experience would be great for kids, very immersive. An excellent stop if you're in the area.
Dawn Mathis | Feb 16, 2018
I love the Frazier!!! The Lewis and Clark was interactive and fun. I didn't know Lewis got shot in the rear end and I'll never forget it. My kids really enjoyed sitting in a canoe and making music with drums. Clean too!
Jeffrey Li | Nov 15, 2017
The museum has three levels, and several exhibits. There is a permanent exhibit on toy soldiers, with a room devoted to that on the first floor, and toy soldier displays also scattered throughout the rest of the museum. Two other permanent exhibitions are on the third floor and are about Louisville during the era of Prohibition, and the Lewis and Clarke Expedition, which launched from this city. Both of these exhibits are informative and interesting, with the Lewis and Clarke one having a specific points for children. When we we visited, the second floor had an exhibition on the Nutcracker, with costumes from the ballet being exhibited, along with some set design. The exhibition was a bit sparse for the floor, but not outstanding. What I was hoping to see much more of would have been a permanent display on the roots of Louisville and how it came to be. The permanent exhibitions seemed very specific to small slices of Louisville's history, and the temporary exhibition had a fairly tenuous connection. There is a gift shop on premises, and there is a parking lot around the back of the museum that is competitive to the rates of other lots in the area and as convenient to the other sites in the area (the Louisville Slugger Museum, the 21C Hotel and Museum, the Science center, etc.) as the others.
Cynthia House | Apr 5, 2018
I was only able to view happenings on the first floor for a short time. The Museum was very interesting. There were a lot of people flowing in & out who seemed very satisfied with their visit or tour. There was even a luncheon being held on the first floor. I really liked the Gift Shop with great, historical books,etc., & delectable treats ,& the restroom was nice & clean. Good place to take family & friends.
Hope Hornung | Apr 18, 2018
Great value. Discounts after 4 for anyone who comes near closing. Lots of local products in gift shop to support Kentucky merchants. Mostly toy soldiers when we were there. Loved the photos from around the different counties. Strange to see what the photographer chose to represent the different areas of our great state.
Donna Doiron | May 1, 2018
I live the new vision of the Frazier Museum. The kids just loved the Lewis & Clark exhibition. I think it is getting a bit worn but I hope they decide to sink some funding into it because the younger ones find it great inter-active fun.
Brenda Mero | Jun 12, 2018
This was a return visit because we enjoyed it the first time. Unfortunately, we felt the quality and quantity was lacking this time. One of the hands on exhibits was closed due to refurbishing and nothing replaced it. One of the things we would have enjoyed was the costume interpreters. On the week if our visit the interpretation story was only done at 9:30 and 4:00. Since we arrived at the middle of the day and viewing the entire museum takes less than two hours to view, we did not see them. Won't be going back.
Linda Roe | Jun 13, 2018
The Frazier History Museum is a unique and lovely treat on Museum Row. I have to admit that originally I did not imagine the variety of exhibits and shows that I have been privileged to attend at this museum. I have seen Princess Diana’s lovely gowns and so many excellent exhibits. When the Speed Museum was under construction and The Frazier allowed us to visit, was the beginning of truly enjoying this museum. I have attended a rooftop wedding there and that only adds to the special surprises I have enjoyed.
Donna Doiron | May 16, 2018
I lpve the new vision of the Frazier Museum. The kids just loved the Lewis & Clark exhibition. I think it is getting a bit worn but I hope they decide to sink some funding into it because the younger ones find it great inter-active fun.
Benjamin Judah | Jun 18, 2018
Nice exhibit space. Really cool museum. I was there for a private event. This space is great for hosting events. If interested I would suggest calling to inquire about rates for hosting your next event.
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