A young boy and a girl stand over a glass case in a museum looking at animal skulls and pelts.

Students look over artifacts included in the Frazier History Museum’s “The Lewis and Clark Experience,”
Submitted photo

The Frazier History Museum, located on Museum Row in downtown Louisville, is offering a selection of fun and engaging learning options during the summer, many at no cost. In addition, a new menu of virtual programs allows for a further reach throughout the state.

Free Frazier Museum Membership: Residents of Louisville and the 12 surrounding counties are eligible to sign up for a free museum membership, no strings attached. Sign up today on the museum’s website and enjoy immediate access to all exhibitions, including “Cool Kentucky” and “The Lewis and Clark Experience,” as well as gallery interactions including tours and story times, through October 2021.

Families who live outside Jefferson or the surrounding counties can email education@fraziermuseum.org for information on free passes for families with students at a Title 1 school.

The Great Louisville Hunt: Make the city your museum! Sign up for the Frazier’s citywide scavenger hunt, then hop in the car with your family and spend a few hours learning about the city in fun and surprising ways. Families with a child attending a Title 1 school may sign up online to receive the experience at no cost.

Virtual Field Trips: Educators planning for summer and/or fall lessons have the opportunity to provide virtual field trips to the Frazier Museum without leaving the classroom. Both live and prerecorded versions are available on a range of topics, including “Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky,” “What is a Vote Worth?” “Suffrage and Voting Rights,” “Kentucky’s Hidden Histories,” and “Lewis and Clark.” Grant funding is available to offer free virtual field trips to Title 1 schools.

Coronavirus Capsule: We’re living through an historic event that has been challenging in many ways. Invite the children in your family or classroom to process this event while helping us document life during – and coming out of – a pandemic by submitting art, photography, written, word or videos to the capsule.

The Frazier also is very excited about its upcoming exhibition schedule including, “West of Ninth: Race, Reckoning and Reconciliation,” opening fall 2021, and “Voices Uncovered: History of the Commonwealth” in spring 2022.

For more information, email the Frazier Museum Education Team.


Megan Schanie is manager of School and Teacher Programs at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.