In celebration of Black History Month, some of Louisville’s top attractions will be offering free tours and experiences that are part of the Unfiltered Truth Collection honoring the city’s unique Black heritage.
The Unfiltered Truth Collection, launched by Louisville Tourism in the spring of 2021, pays tribute to Black American contributions and their lasting impact on Louisville’s history, heritage and culture at several Louisville museums.
Here’s how the Unfiltered Truth Collection’s Black History month promotion works:
During February and March, Kentucky and Indiana residents will be able to take advantage of free admission and tours that tell the untold story of Louisville’s Black history makers at Roots 101 (recently named a top new attraction by USA Today), the Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Derby Museum. The immersive Unfiltered Truth Collection tours are offered in addition to general museum exhibits and are held during specific days and times. This means visitors must book a dedicated tour time in advance to secure a spot.
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory also has special free Black History Month programming in February and March when you purchase a general admission ticket.
Additionally, Roots 101 and Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts club have chosen a single barrel bourbon that will be sold next door to the museum at Old Forester Distillery, 119 W Main St., on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row.
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Proceeds from the barrel-strength proof bourbon will benefit the museum and its mission to promote understanding and appreciation of Black Americans’ achievement, contribution, and experiences.
To learn more about Louisville’s Black history and heritage, visit Louisville Tourism’s online resource at gotolouisville.com/myexperience/black-heritage
Here’s what else to know about the special Black History Month promotion.
What to know about the Black History Month Unfiltered Truth Collection exhibits:
Frazier History Museum: 829 W Main St.: “Black Americans in Bourbon,” a narrated tour exploring the unheard stories about the significant contributions of Black Americans to the history of bourbon making. Offered Feb 5, 12, and 26 at 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. and each Saturday in March at 3:30 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Museum: 704 Central Ave.: “Black Heritage in Racing Tour” is a weekly walking tour focusing on the legacy of Black Americans in the Thoroughbred industry and their influence on the Kentucky Derby. Offered Saturdays at 1 p.m.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: 800 W Main St.: “The Best Black Baseball Team You’ve Never Heard Of,” focuses on the Louisville Unions and how they dominated in the face of racism, defeating their opponents, including white teams. Offered Saturdays in February and March at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. with general admission.
Old Forester Distillery, 119 W Main St.: Stop in to purchase a specially selected Black History Month single barrel bourbon. Proceeds from the sale of the bourbon (selected by Roots 101 and members of Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts) will benefit the museum and its mission.
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Roots 101 African American Museum: 124 N. First St.: “The Sankofa Experience.” Black history, culture, and art come to life in this narrated tour of the Black journey from an African King through the social justice movement of today. Offered Feb. 4 and 18 at 8 p.m., Feb. 5 and 19 at 3 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.
What to know about the Museum Row On Main promotion
This month, Kentucky and Indiana residents have an opportunity to visit Louisville’s diverse and unique attractions and receive $5 off adult admission or $5 off other offerings. Mention “Five Dollar-Off February” when you visit Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., The Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 21c Museum Hotel/Proof on Main, 700 W. Main St., KMAC, 715 W. Main St., and Kentucky Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.
To take advantage of the offer, guests must show proof of residency in Kentucky or Indiana (such as a driver’s license or alternate I.D.) while purchasing admission tickets. This promotion cannot be combined with other discounts and does not apply to special tours or events unless otherwise specified. For details, visit museumrowonmain.com.
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