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The Carnegie - The Carnegie, with its four galleries and theater, serves the three counties that make up Northern Kentucky. One building houses four art galleries with 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, which is the largest in the Northern Kentucky/ Greater Cincinnati area. The other building houses The Carnegie Theater.

Churchill Downs - Home of the World-Famous Kentucky Derby! Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in history, dating back to 1789 when the first race course was laid out in Lexington. However, it was almost 100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby."

Speed Art Museum - Discover the region's only interactive art environment for families – The Laramie L. Leatherman Art Learning Center and Art Sparks Interactive Gallery. Enter Art Sparks and explore an extraordinary, hands-on gallery featuring 30 activities, multi-media, and works of art.

International Museum of the Horse - With over 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, IMH is dedicated to the history of the horse and its unique relationship with humans through time. Permanent museum exhibitions highlight the history of the horse from ancient times to the many popular sporting events of modern times.

Kentucky Derby Museum - When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! The exhibits will take you through the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle.

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History - Displays a 50 year collection of rare artifacts and documents concerning the American whiskey industry dating from pre-Colonial days to post-Prohibition years.

Kentucky Doll & Toy Museum - Dolls and toys from local collectors spanning the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries give a glimpse into the history of generations past.

Frazier Museum - History comes alive at The Frazier International History Museum in Louisville in this 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art museum encompassing three floors. Here you can relive historical events that challenged Kentuckians of the past.

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption - With its arches & gargoyles, this basilica is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum - While traveling along the mainline of the old Louisville Southern Railroad, you will enjoy beautiful thoroughbred horse farms, herds of grazing cattle, and Kentucky wildflowers in bloom. After your ride, visit the display car and view the other static displays at the museum site.

Newport Aquarium - Sixty state-of-the-art exhibits will immerse you in wonder. Glass floors will let you walk on water. Five specially designed underwater tunnels will have you diving with the sharks and through a colorful coral reef.

Main Strasse Village - Covering approximately five blocks, the village is a restored 19th century German neighborhood. The shops and restaurants are housed in renovated buildings joined by cobblestone walkways. See the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower and the bronze Goose Girl Fountain.

Kentucky Science Center - There's a little scientist in all of us, and the Louisville Science Center strives to bring that out through a combination of engaging exhibits, programs and IMAX films. No matter if you are a child, an adult, a teacher or a business professional, there is something here for you to see, hear, and touch!

American Saddlebred Museum - Offers a panorama of the exhilarating sights and sounds of the American Saddlebred world from the Saddlebred's role in American history to modern day horse. See the award winning multi-image show, "Saddlebred for America".

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - Learn all kinds of baseball trivia in this museum dedicated to America's pastime and the company that makes the legendary bat. A visit to the Museum also includes a tour through a working factory, where the bats are made!

Kentucky History Center - The new Kentucky History Center houses the Society’s popular permanent exhibit “A Kentucky Journey” and also hosts a variety of changing exhibits in the temporary gallery, as well as the Hall of Governors. Visitors can also see the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum.

Old Bardstown Village - 5 museums near each other: Civil War Museum, Women's Civil War Museum, War Memorial of Mid America Museum,Wildlife/Natural History Museum and Pioneer Village.

The Patton Museum - Established to preserve historical material, enhance the training of soldiers, and for public exhibit and research.

Kentucky Railway Museum - Recapture the romance of the local passenger train when it was small-town America's link to the world. Enjoy a 22 mile, 90 minute train excursion through the scenic and historic Rolling Fork River Valley on a restored passenger train.

Bluegrass Heritage Museum - Bringing the history of Central Kentucky to life by collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the material culture of the region known as the Bluegrass.

Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson - Two historic riverboats still in operation. No other river steamboat in American history has lasted as long, been to as many places, or traveled as many miles as the Belle of Louisville. The Spirit of Jefferson, originally named the Huck Finn, offered dinner and sightseeing cruises for 25 years.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky - Take a tour of the facilities to learn about the Toyota production method. The state-of-the-art Visitor Center offers both visual and hands-on experiences to inform visitors about TMMK. Interactive computer activities, exhibits, TMMK model displays, and production and teamwork videos are designed to showcase the Toyota Production System.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Within Bernheim's 14,000 acres you will find a nationally-recognized arboretum, beautiful gardens, tranquil lakes, a nature center, large expanses of scenic natural area, 30 miles of hiking trails and a 12,000-acre research forest. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, hike, bike, bring the family to the Visitors Center or just come to enjoy the ever-changing display of natural splendor.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The largest historic community of its kind in America. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark enjoy a wide variety of activities, including self-guided tours, riverboat excursions and special events. The village also offers two craft stores, meeting facilities, as well as fine dining and overnight accommodations in restored 19th-century buildings.

Louisville Zoo - A living classroom, helping students of all ages develop an appreciation for and sense of responsibility toward the treasure of animal and plant life on our earth.