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The Frazier History Museum, Louisville

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At The Frazier History Museum, see collections of weapons, armor, and historical objects from the United States and United Kingdom spanning more than 1,000 years. Among the 5,000 artifacts at this Smithsonian Institution affiliate museum, you'll see Josiah Bartlett's sword, George Washington's rifle, and Teddy Roosevelt's safari weapon. Browse through 7,000 sq m (75,000 sq ft) of exhibit space to find a 1906 "Teddy" bear, an army of toy soldiers, and personal possessions of Buffalo Bill and Jesse James. You can also watch daily performances and programs hosted by costumed interpreters and learn historical facts through interactive audiovisual and multimedia displays. For The Frazier History Museum and beyond, use our Louisville travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Louisville vacation.
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  • A pretty nice museum with some great exhibits. I think it was well done and they had some unexpected things regarding Lewis and Clark and early settlers. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • When the Frazier Museum first opened, it was largely dedicated to weaponry, and it was a little dry. It has morphed into one of the most fascinating and varied museums dedicated to history in the Loui...  more »
  • We used to love the Frazier but since they separated from the British Royal armory the regular exhibits have really declined in quality. The special exhibits might be with it. We went to The Hunger Ga...  more »
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  • We ALWAYS Love coming here! Wonderful exhibits and fabulous staff make for a memorable experience every time! This was a "free school night" for our elementary. The theme was "Night at the Museum". They had staff dressed as characters, staff conducting hands on interactive displays along with several scavenger hunts. It was great!
  • I love going to this museum! The historical actors are really neat and inspiring and you get to ask questions and I got to see some of the swords the actor used. I like the traveling exhibits, I'm glad we still have a museum that does traveling exhibits here. A long time ago I saw the dragon exhibit and it was really cool! The regular museum is awesome too, I like seeing all the artifacts and reading the signs. The gift shop is really fun too, there's a ton of cool stuff in there to buy!
  • Really enjoyed the Hunger Games Exhibit. The rest of the museum is quite small, the museum store that a wide variety of items and Diet Pepsi which most of Louisville caries Coke products, so that was wonderful after 3 days without DP. Wish HG would've been a little more diverse, I really felt like it was heavy on the clothing and they could've done more creative things with it.
  • We went for the Hunger Games exhibition and were not disappointed. It was a very interesting and informative exhibit. Since my son and I are big fans of the books and the movies, it was cool to get background info about the inspiration for the books, how things were designed, location choices, etc. My 15 yr old son enjoyed the interactive portions as well. We also enjoyed the other exhibits. We were there for over 4 hours and moved kind of quickly towards the end, because we were tired and ready to head home. A good plan would be to go to either the permanent exhibits, go get lunch and come back for the Hunger Games, or vice versa. Definitely plan on 4-5 hours to see, read and experience everything this place has to offer. The ticket prices were reasonable (we paid $40 each for the Arc Encounter) and parking was fairly priced and close by.
  • Even though I am just now reviewing this, it has been about 8 years since I last visited the Museum. I live out of town, and for a short time, my family decided to check out some of the attractions in the area, and by far, this was the best. In fact, we loved it so much, we visited over 4 times in about 2 years time. And every time we found something new, and came out wanting to come back. Yes, there are lots of guns, knives, sword, and more guns. But those items have some cool history behind them, as you find out when you visit. The museum covers much more than just weapons. I would say that if you are in the Louisville area, The Frazier History Museum is a must see!