The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, is a museum and factory tour attraction located in Louisville, Kentucky's "Museum Row", part of the West Main District of downtown. The museum showcases the story of Louisville Slugger baseball bats in baseball and in American history. The museum also creates temporary exhibits with more of a pop culture focus, including collaborations with the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Coca-Cola, LEGO artists Sean Kenney and Jason Burik, Topps Trading Cards, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
The facility is the fourth location where Louisville Slugger bats have been made. The original shop was on South First Street in Louisville between Main and Market Streets. It was there that family legend suggests J. A. "Bud" Hillerich made a bat for Louisville Eclipse star Pete Browning after Browning broke his bat during a game in which Hillerich attended in July 1884. The next day, Browning got three hits with the bat and the legend was born. In 1901, the factory moved to the corner of South Preston and Finzer Streets, where they would stay until 1974. This site was vacant for many years after, but the land was donated to the city in 2015 to be developed into a community space. From 1974 to 1996, Louisville Sluggers were actually made in Jeffersonville, Indiana, just across the Ohio River at a facility called Slugger Park, while H&B maintained corporate offices on Broadway in Louisville.
|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||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Marie Cuellar | Feb 23, 2018
Really great and a lot of fun, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. After the tour you get a free mini bat. I did 4 stars only because I was expecting a larger museum, something that would take the day to walk around in. They have some neat little exhibits and simulators but y'all, it's just 1 room! The "museum" is one large room. The factory tour was neat, it took about 30 minutes and you're done. It's worth doing, great for families, just don't plan your day around it.
Ken Keller | Jan 23, 2018
Awesome experience. So much history to digest, especially if you are a baseball lifer such as myself. Will def be returning again. I would high recommend Tony as your guide. I took a private tour with a group and he was top notch. He really amped the experience of the tour up and answered every single question our group tossed at him... very impressive. Thanks Tony and co for an awesome time!
Julie A | Feb 17, 2018
Very interesting and informative. We didn't have to wait long (maybe 10 minutes) for our tour to start after buying tickets. The groups are small enough that it is easy to hear and see what is going on. Gift shop is available with related merchandise. Allow a few minutes to look at the displays in the museum area they are very interesting.
Tony Bilek | Dec 8, 2017
This place is great. Pick a time to go for a tour and then get there early. You get to walk through a museum where you can hold game-used bats from Hall of Fame players. Or you can test your arm pitching speed or you can stand behind a catcher and see what it is like to be the Umpire in a 100 mile per hour fastball. There is a lot of baseball history to read and see in that one room. The tour is great, taking you through how bats were first made the design of bats, and players special requests. They show you everything from their selection of wood to how they dry cut and Mill modern bats. And then at the end they stamp on the iconic Louisville Slugger emblem.
Erin Garnaat | Feb 25, 2018
This was a bucket list stop and lived up to expectations! Ordered a bat before our tour and it was ready when we finished. We were also fortunate to go when it wasn't too busy and had lots of informative conversations with staff throughout the facility. Had goosebumps through most of the exhibits. A must-see for any baseball fan!
Parker Davis Bagley | Mar 23, 2018
Awesome place to visit! Super fun! Only worth one trip though. Wouldn't got through the tour again, but cool to see how things are made. Fun little batting cages. Nice but expensive bat.
Paul Houle | May 4, 2018
This place is outstanding! If you are even a little bit of a Baseball fan, you owe it to yourself to check out this American jewel! The tour is wildly informative and very interesting. The museum outside the factory is top notch as well. Don't miss the opportunity to hold some of histories greatest bats! Seriously, not to be missed!
Michael Murphy | Apr 12, 2018
It was great to see an actual working American factory. Hard to believe but it was actually the first time I was actually able to show my 11 year old daughter people making things. It is a small factory, but enough to get a taste of how things are made, but even here a lot of the work is being computerized. My favorite part of the museum was the opportunity to stand on the receiving end of a 95+ MPH pitch (I literally could not see the ball until it was just a few feet in front of me). Also cool was seeing the Bat Vault containing the bats of some of the greatest of all time. This summer they are also hosting a small exhibit about the movie, The Sandlot. Give yourself at least 2 hours to visit and expect some lines.
marilyn dragosh | Apr 12, 2018
LOVED IT!! The tour was excellent with many employees taking part explaining what they did and the showing or demonstrating. The museum was wonderful! I like baseball and was thrilled BUT if you are a baseball lover you will be in heaven! Gift shop was filled with a nice variety of product. You will not be disappointed.
Reta Yoder | May 1, 2018
Interesting tour through the bat factory. If you're an avid baseball fan then this will definitely be your cup of tea. It's a little pricey but at the end of the tour each person receives a miniature bat. Definitely a worthwhile venture for the family if you're spending a day in Louisville.
Leo F | Apr 22, 2018
I went into this attraction with low expectations, but thought it was an obligatory part of staying downtown. But it was a memorable stop and they made it cooler with memorabilia from Sand Lot, Babe Ruth and other baseball icons. The factory tour is the main attraction and it is decent. Would be nice to hear a little more about the company and its plans. Could use a giant timeline graphic in the ticketing room or elsewhere, showing what each decade brought to the company.
Dawn | Jun 12, 2018
Lots of fun and interesting too. Our whole family enjoyed it. My son got a personalized bat in the gift shop and only had to wait a few minutes to get it. Exhibits were well placed with lots of interactive options. I appreciated that the tour through the actual "factory"was paced just right and everything was easy to hear and see..no matter your age. I am not a big fan of baseball but I had a good time learning about this slice of Americana. Only bad point...parking was a pain.
David Carlson | May 21, 2018
Enjoyed this visit very much. Toured the factory and watched a man as he hand lathed a bat. Watched the automated machines make a large number of bats of all shapes and sizes. The tour was thorough, from beginning to end. I even got to hold game used bats from some of the best players. Exhibits were very well done. The gift shop was awesome too.
Anita Jergin | May 20, 2018
I can't explain how great of an experience I had when I visited! This place is lovely in it's own right, but the staff puts it over-the-top! My tour guide, a lovely young dame named Megan, made my visit a splendor! She was so well-mannered, well-spoken, and extremely helpful with the historical questions I had...it was almost as if she were a grand-daughter of Hillerich. I have never felt as taken care of as when Megan led me on my tour. The other employees were good, too. Overall, I recommend going to this grand attraction. Ask for Megan, she won't disappoint!
Sandra S | May 15, 2018
We are baseball fans, so we enjoyed the museum. The kids liked the pitching machine. We paid $15 each for the tour, which walked us through the manufacturing floor. It was interesting to see the whole process. They were manufacturing bats for a Giants player the day we toured. There are two reasons for a four star rating instead of a five star. First, there are too many people in each tour group. We were at the back of the group and could not see what the guide was talking about nor the demonstrations, and hearing him was impossible. We could hear more information from the tour group behind us then we could from our tour. Second, the tour was so rushed; everyone felt it and was talking about it. The movie was very good, motivational. Recommend seeing it. We also had a custom bat made. Plan to spend 3-4 hours there.
Erin Stolze | Jul 1, 2018
Super fun tour for people of all ages to go on. We walked through the factory while it was actually working. On the tour you'll learn about their history, process of making the bats, and lots of other cool facts. You get to see the workers branding the bats, putting the glaze on them, and even watch a bit of a bat being made by hand. Also, you get a free mini bat at the end of the tour! Make sure to check out the cool museum part of the building before or after the tour!
Joseph Day | Jun 28, 2018
Had a great time at the Louisville Slugger Museum. I took the tour and it was great and not very long. They give you a free mini bat at the end too! If you go after 6 pm I believe it's cheaper. I also did the batting cages. The cages were only $2 for 10 pitches and a lot of fun.
Michael Evans | Jul 8, 2018
Great place to visit and learn a little history at the same time. Good for all ages. My wife was able to push a jogging stroller throughout the entire tour with no problem. No loud noises. Kid/baby friendly.
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