Crafting is only 50 percent work. The other half of any great DIY project is vision. You need inspiration, a great idea, to make that project come to life. Find new ideas and get inspired by crafting at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. If you’re a Louisville-area crafter, you’ve got no reason not to visit this unique collection of art.
Location, Parking and Admission
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is located right in downtown Louisville at 715 West Main Street. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays. Convenient parking can be found right at the corner of Eighth Street and River Road; it costs $5 to park your vehicle all day. Another $5 lot is available on the corners of Ninth Street and River Road. If you’ve got plenty of quarters, there is metered parking available from 7am to 6pm all down Main Street. Meters are free on Sunday if you don’t want to pay to park at all.
For members of the museum, it costs adults only $6 to view the entire collection. Seniors and military professionals pay $5 for full museum access. Students are free when they have an ID, and groups of 10 or more cost only $5 each.
Exhibits and Special Events
Kentucky-area artists and crafts are permanently on display at the museum, and whenever you go you’ll find plenty of ideas for your next craft project. But throughout the year, the museum also hosts special events and exhibits that you won’t want to miss.
- Craft storytelling. Until November 11, the museum is hosting Chapter One of the Storytelling as Craft exhibit. The exhibit features items from artists Rebekka Seigel, Mindy Shapero, Edgar Tolson and many more. The exhibit features photography, poetry, performance art, video art, folk art and quilting. It focuses on the relationship between crafts and contemporary art, and all the works are made to be evocative and even provocative. It’s a can’t-miss craft exhibit if you consider yourself more of an artist than a DIYer.
- Sculpture. Beginning November 30 until February 4, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will feature a sculpture exhibit that includes furniture, artwork and items made from everything from metal to clay. You’ll see the evolution of sculpture over the years, and how it relates to crafts.
- Oaks Brunch. The museum sponsors the Oaks Brunch every year for the Kentucky Oaks horse race. The brunch is held at the Brown Hotel with special cocktails and delicious edibles. While you’re enjoying brunch, peruse the collection of jewelry, artwork and amazing hats that are on display straight from the museum.
Inspire your next great craft project by seeing how other artists bring their vision to life at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.