Story and photos by Janice Carter Levitch
Welcome to Museum Row on Main Street, where you can experience world-class venues within four historic blocks of each other. During the month of February for only a $5 admission rate, you and your loved ones can enjoy the sights and sounds of what this special has to offer. This annual promotion encourages folks from the local area and beyond to visit any one of the participating museums for the entire month of February. All you need to do is show proof of residency in Kentucky or Indiana with a valid driver’s license or alternate I.D. when purchasing tickets.
This is a fantastic opportunity to take the entire family on a wonderful adventure as you explore these museums. The Muhammad Ali Center, Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and SCENE at the Center located in The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts are all participating in this promotion.
Let’s begin with the Muhammad Ali Center, where you can bask in a legacy of greatness. This award-winning museum is dedicated to the life and six core principles that inspired Ali’s journey. As a visitor you will learn about these principles that were the driving force behind Muhammad Ali’s life: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Venture across the street to the SCENE at the Center for yet another amazing experience. When you’re ready for something delicious to eat to enhance the exhilaration of Museum Row, look no further. The SCENE offers a delightful menu of salads, soups, shareables, pre-show plates and, of course, daily desserts that are quickly delivered to your table. You will receive $5 off an order of $50 or more. With limited hours of operation, confirm in advance when planning your visit.
For the history buffs, you can skip on down the road to the Frazier History Museum. Enjoy a step back in time with The Great War: Highlights from the Frazier World War I Collection, featuring rare uniforms along with personal stories from the Great War. Another original exhibit is Family Gathering: Linda Bruckheimer’s Kentucky, showcasing the photographer’s work and weaving a tremendous nostalgic view of Kentucky.
Knock it out of the park while visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory just across the street. The bat resting at the front entrance is enough to leave you in awe. Made of steel and weighing in at 68,000 pounds, it reaches a height of 120 feet. Referred to as The Big Bat, it is an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat. Where else can you engage in a guided factory tour and see history-in-the making that’s been going on since 1884? Watch as each bat is branded and receive your own as a souvenir, which is included with the price of admission. Let’s not forget The Big Glove. Handcrafted from Kentucky limestone, the 17-ton sculpture is entitled “Play Ball.”
Take advantage of this all-star experience and make your way to Museum Row with family and friends. It’s an opportunity that will enrich your appreciation for all that our fine city has to offer. VT