New Museum Conceptual Designs
The City recently hired the Roybal Corporation to prepare conceptual drawings of a new visitor center building at the Louisville Historical Museum based on the recommendations of the Museum Campus Master Plan and Needs Assessment. A new building could serve as a community facility to welcome visitors and teach students about Louisville’s history, meet accessibility requirements, and address existing space constraints. Additional opportunities for public input will become available. Please check back here of check the City of Louisville website for the latest information.
Approved: Museum Campus Master Plan
The Louisville City Council approved the Louisville Historical Museum Campus Master Plan on January 17, 2017. View the plan to find out about the role that the Historical Museum plays in the Louisville community and to learn about our vision for the future.
Hours and Closures
TUE, WED, FRI & SAT
SAT, April 22 – Staff Development
TUE, July 4 – Independence Day
SAT, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
FRI, Nov. 24 – City Holiday
An appointment is necessary if you are seeking specific research assistance. Also, we request that you contact the Museum Coordinator in advance if you have items to donate, and she may ask for an appointment in order to review the items.The Museum Coordinator may also schedule appointments and tours outside of the normal open hours. Please contact Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon.
If you would like to bring a group larger than six members during normal business hours, please make advance arrangements with the Museum Coordinator.
About the Museum
At the Louisville Historical Museum complex, visitors can tour three buildings that were constructed between 1903 and 1908. All are listed on the Louisville Register of Historic Places.
The main building, historically known as the Jacoe Store, features a variety of artifacts and historic photographs that reflect the settlement and industry of Louisville, such as coal mining artifacts and the 1920s-era painted theatre curtain from the Rex Theatre on Main Street. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its architecture and association with commercial development in Louisville.
Museum Main Building
The Tomeo House is interpreted as a coal miner’s house, with a kitchen, bedroom, and sitting room. It was the home of two of Louisville's many Italian families: the Tomeo family, then the Rossi family.
|Tomeo House||Jordinelli House
The Jordinelli House contains a six-foot by six-foot replica of original downtown Louisville, which was made by Louisville native, Dick Del Pizzo.
|Replica of Downtown Louisville at the Museum's Jordinelli House|
The mission of the Louisville Historical Museum—a facility owned and operated by the City of Louisville—is to promote, collect, preserve, and interpret the diverse history of Louisville from the time of settlement until present day, with a special emphasis on the coal mining period, 1877-1955. The museum is dedicated to protecting artifacts and documents of historical value and educating children and adults about the past.
The Louisville Historical Commission is a City advisory board appointed by the City Council. The Commission advises City Council in the development and use of the Louisville Historical Museum; promotes public awareness of the history of Louisville and its surrounding area; and establishes criteria for the collection, preservation, and display of the Museum's historical artifacts, documents, and structures.
Memberships and donations supporting the Museum are accepted by the Louisville History Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The Foundation stimulates broad-based support for local history and the Louisville Historical Museum and encourages the development of the Museum through fundraising, advocacy, and education.
Volunteer at the Museum
Help us preserve Louisville’s colorful history for future generations. Volunteers are welcome to join in the work at the museum.
The museum currently needs volunteers:
- to conduct Museum tours
- as oral history interviewers