Have a history lover on your holiday shopping list? While we geeks love books and documentaries, we especially love to visit museums and historical sites. Take your loved one on a visit to remember while remembering the past.
Louisville is lucky to have its own group of museums right in the heart of downtown. Check out the Frazier History Museum for an eclectic mix of historical arms, Medieval history and Louisville’s early days. This month, the museum has its White Christmas display, based on the movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. Next, visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center and catch a viewing of the Kentucky Show to round out the day. You’ll never be so proud to be from the River City.
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Kentucky History Center
If you want to learn more about the history of the state, drive up to Frankfort for a visit to the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. It boasts a Hall of Governors, where you can learn all you ever wanted to know about former state leaders; A Kentucky Journey, which follows Kentucky’s history from the early peoples to the present; and even Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch. Through December, you can see a holiday history train display.
While you’re there, visit the Old State Capital, where history was made. The History Center offers guided tours.
MORE INFO: history.ky.gov
Oscar Getz Museum
Bourbon enthusiasts can head to Bardstown for a taste of Bourbon history at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The museum boasts a 50-year collection of rare whiskey artifacts dating from pre-Colonial to post-Prohibition days. The museum features rare antique bottles, a moonshine still, advertising art and novelty whiskey containers. While you’re in Bardstown, wander around downtown and visit shops and restaurants in the historic district then mosey on over to My Old Kentucky Home, the home of Stephen Foster, writer of our state song.
MORE INFO: whiskeymuseum.com
Take a road trip to Richmond, Kentucky, to White Hall State Historic Site, the home of Cassius Marcellas Clay. Clay was a state politician, known as the “Lion of White Hall.” He was born on a plantation with slaves but later became a strong abolitionist. The site offers tours and teas and, in December, celebrates Victorian Christmas.
MORE INFO: parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/white-hall
Big spenders might take their loved ones on a trip to our nation’s capital for a blissful time exploring the many museums on offer. The Smithsonian will keep you busy for as long as you want it to, the International Spy Museum will give you a peek into the clandestine arts, the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture will challenge you and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will help you understand the horrific history of genocide. While you’re there, schedule a visit to the White House, the Capitol and many more historical sites. These are just a few options, so explore the internet to find all that’s available.
MORE INFO: washington.org