The towering presence of America’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln is underscored by the number of books and films that have been inspired by his life. This year, iconic director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic starring Daniel Day Lewis will be released.
Zephyr Gallery is a contemporary fine arts gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the oldest cooperative gallery in the region with a member base comprised of 23 local artists. The gallery holds regular changing exhibitions showcasing the work of its contemporary artists.
B. Deemer Gallery was established in 1990. The gallery offers 20th and 21st century paintings on canvas and paper, watercolors, various types of hand pulled artists prints, soft pastels, oil pastels, and mixed media pieces.
The Lexington Art League (LAL) is central Kentucky’s oldest and largest visual art organization. Based in Loudoun House, they regularly present original, creative and accessible exhibitions, with a reputation for thought-provoking content.
Founded in 1981, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft was started to build interest in the state’s rich craft and art resources. The Museum annually offers large-scale exhibitions in its three gallery spaces as well as highlights from its permanent collection.
The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. The collection focuses upon Western art from antiquity to present day. Speed is currently undergoing large-scale renovation and is currently closed.
This museum is based in the University of Kentucky. The collection holds more than 4500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture. There are also holdings in art of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
A perfect introduction to Old Louisville, this walk showcases the spectacular Victorian architecture and fascinating history in this historic area. Participants are shown the impressive structures and ornate details that survive in this enchanting open-air museum.
Louisville Walking Tours offer a number of guided walks around the city. The Historic West Main Street tour explores the evolution of Louisville from Native American times to the Civil War, and visits such landmarks as Fort Nelson and the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Ashland, in Lexington, is the name of the plantation of Henry Clay, who first bought the land in 1804. The house can be seen by guided tour, and additional tours are available of the extensive gardens.
21c Museum Hotel in Louisville is a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center. The museum shows rotating exhibitions of works by living artists and site-specific installations.
Old Louisville is a large preservation district in the city of Louisville, filled with Victorian-era architecture. DuPont Mansion stands apart from the usual bed and breakfast and offers a luxury experience in a meticulously restored Old Louisville mansion.
This historic grand hotel first opened in 1923, and has been a magnet for many prominent guests and celebrities. It is one of Louisville’s finest examples of English renaissance-style architecture, with a Georgian-Revival style exterior and magnificent lobby.
Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seelbach is considered a landmark to "the golden era". Its grand ambiance inspired author F. Scott Fitzgerald to use The Seelbach as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy's wedding in The Great Gatsby.
St Charles Exchange has breathed life into one of the oldest buildings in Louisville’s West Main Street district, transforming the industrial space into a stylish dining room. The menu features innovative seasonal variations of turn of the century food classics.
Rivue occupies the top floors of The Galt House, and offers panoramic views of Louisville, and is unique for having the only twin revolving floor. The contemporary American menu continues to garner excellent reviews for its classic simplicity.
The Oak Room, based in the Seelbach hotel, is considered one of the finest dining experiences in Kentucky. The historic dining room is the ideal setting for the award-winning menu, and it is Kentucky’s only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant.
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Kentucky is famous as the home of bluegrass music, a centre of coalmining
and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln; its culture reflects its geographic
location as a mid-way point between the Midwest, the Southern states and the Eastern Seaboard. Beyond bluegrass, Kentucky has thoroughbred horse farms,
bourbon distilleries and the world’s longest cave system.
Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
is set in the state and records a tale of corruption in the Southern states. Toni
Morrison explores race issues in Kentucky just after the Civil War in her
book Beloved, which also won the Pulitzer Prize.
Kentucky offers a large range of different films, from dramas such as Elizabethtown,
action like Fire Down Below, as well as a special genre, largely unique to
Kentucky, coalmining, the best examples of which are Coal Miner’s Daughter and Harlan
Appalachian folk music and Bluegrass music are both traditional forms,
showing Kentucky’s diverse heritage. Appalachian music mixes African and
European forms, while Bluegrass music is particularly inspired by Scotch-Irish
immigrants as well as American Blues and Jazz.