Bourbon, Horses & History Region Virtual Attractions
Frazier History Museum
The Frazier History Museum in downtown Louisville is publishing new digital content as part of their weekly newsletter, Frazier Weekly. Content includes stories about artifacts, ability to view collections online, museum programs, video lessons with the education team, interviews with prominent Kentuckians via their YouTube channel, content rich posts via their Facebook page, and staff recommendations. A fan favorite is their Sippin’ with Stephen episodes where they go in depth with top personalities in the Bourbon industry at the Frazier, the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Speed Art Museum
The Speed Art Museum in Louisville has a number of digital resources available. They have Museum From Home, where you can view collections online, notes from a curator and recommendations from staff members. You can read Bert Hurley's entire illustrated novella online anytime. The museum also has created Art Sparks From Home, which includes activities, games, resources and art-making videos for the whole family to enjoy. They encourage you to share creations online with #ArtSparksFromHome. While the Speed Cinema is closed, Curator of Film Dean Otto and Projectionist Brian Denny will be recommending some films from various streaming services in Speed Streaming.
Kentucky Science Center
The Kentucky Science Center is the ideal virtual experience for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Do science with Scientist Andrew and others from the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville! They have created a series of “Do Science At Home” videos with fun, educational science experiments and activities for families to do and watch at home. One of the fan-favorites is a video demonstration teaching children how to make their very own slime at home using common household products. The videos have been shared on all of the center’s digital channels, and are archived on their Facebook page.
Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum has some exhibits that visitors can click through online to view photos, artifacts and objects. Visit their website for more information.
Filson Historical Society
The Filson Historical Society in Louisville offers digitized collections for visitors to explore online.
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville has a quick virtual tour available on YouTube, and you can check out what the center offers on its website.
Kentucky Shakespeare, presenters of the annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival - one of the longest running free Shakespeare festivals in the country, is offering virtual performances of Shakespeare favorites via Facebook. In an effort to support the city's independent, local restaurant scene, the organization is also encouraging people to order take-out and join in for a "Dinner and a Show."
The Louisville Zoo has been showcasing some of the zoo’s iconic animals with a variety of Facebook live videos. Video series include: Ask the Zoo Director, live at 2 p.m. on Mondays, with Louisville Director John Walczak; Teaching Tuesday, live 2 p.m. each Tuesday, where zoo staff treat viewers to a learning session about animals and the natural world; Creature Feature, live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, where a different species is explored each week; Lift Up Lou at the Zoo, live at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, a partnership between the zoo and the Lift Up Lou initiative to answer questions; and Fitz Friday, live at 2 p.m. on Fridays, where viewers can get a real-time look at elephant calf Fitz and his mom, Mikki.
After canceling 10 performances that would have capped off a successful 2019-2020 season, the Louisville Orchestra has turned to other outlets to share their music and to connect with people during this pandemic, including sharing videos on social platforms. The Louisville Orchestra is working to capture this variety of performance outreach on a new website page. This page features videos of performances, interviews, instrument demonstrations, and other entertaining and educational content.
Kentucky Performing Arts
Kentucky Performing Arts (KPA) in Louisville developed #KPAatHome in partnership with sponsors Brown-Forman, Commonwealth Credit Union and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The #KPAatHome series of daily live performances with community artists are archived on KPA’s Facebook page. They also have live pop-up shows occasionally on their Facebook page.
The Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau has created online puzzles out of local attractions to help highlight all Elizabethtown has to offer. For a little family fun (or competition), visit their website to try your hand at the puzzles! After completing a puzzle, screenshot and share on your social channels, and don’t forget to tag @touretown and use #InThisTogether.
Kentucky Derby Festival
Enjoy the Kentucky Derby Festival at home! Check out their website for “Festival At Home” activities, which include: a virtual race, word search, coloring sheets, a Festival Zoom background, a tutorial on how to build your own BalloonFest Hot Air Balloon, videos featuring Derby Festival Princesses reading children’s books, crafts and more!
Churchill Downs, home to the iconic Kentucky Derby, hosted a virtual day-long celebration on the first Saturday in May, the traditional Derby day. You can still see some of the virtual celebration online, including Churchill Downs’ first ever virtual horse race—The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a computer-simulated version of a race under the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.
Whiskey From Home
Wall Street Journal best-selling spirits author Fred Minnick along with 2019 Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee and author of Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Peggy Noe Stevens have teamed up with several other bourbon personalities to create the first ever five and a half hour virtual event – “Whiskey from Home,” which aired live May 2, and is now available online. “Whiskey From Home” was a five and half hours whiskey-soaked entertainment show that included bourbon history, the best bourbons to buy right now, craft whiskey exploration, how to host a tasting, and blind flights.
Bardstown Bourbon Company
Bardstown Bourbon Company has launched a new, free virtual 360 degree tour of its grounds and facilities, allowing visitors to visually adventure throughout the distillery.
Heaven Hill Distillery
Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown has a fun, interactive webpage for visitors to explore the how they craft their bourbon with videos, photos and an informative guide to distinguishing between different styles of whiskey.
Jim Beam Distillery
Learn more about the history of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont with a special “Behind the History, Behind the Scenes – Behind the Beam!” video featuring American Whiskey ambassador Beth Burrows – it’s archived on their Facebook page.