Frazier History Museum

Frazier History Museum

More than a thousand years brought to life.

As the exclusive home of the Royal Armouries USA, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years with interactive and ever-changing exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs.

Walk through the front doors of the Frazier Museum and be immediately greeted by the nation’s oldest surviving Civil War monument. (Read more below.) Then, take the elevator to the third floor to begin your adventure through time. After all, it’s always best to start at the beginning of our story.

What do knights in armor, princesses and dragons, and the Charge of the Light Brigade have in common? You can see them in the Royal Armouries USA galleries on the Frazier’s third floor – we’re the only Royal Armouries partner in the world located outside of Great Britain. These galleries feature over 300 artifacts from the Bronze Age through the early 20th century.

Continue your way down through the galleries on the second and first floors to discover artifacts that helped shaped our nation, including a sword owned by Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a rifle owned by our first president, George Washington. Other one-of-a-kind pieces include Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” used on his African safaris, Daniel Boone’s family bible, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s commitment papers and outlaw Jesse James’ revolver. A 1906 “Teddy” bear, 19th century quilts and an entire army of toy soldiers bridge the gap between historical highlights and the popular response. The Frazier’s extraordinary collection includes over 5,000 artifacts. Ranging from the foothills of Vietnam to the rolling moors of England to Louisville’s own unique story, the Frazier tells moving stories found nowhere else.

To complement the museum’s amazing permanent collection, the Frazier Museum also offers an ever-changing selection of intriguing temporary exhibits. For current and upcoming exhibits, visit www.FrazierMuseum.org.

But, exhibits are only part of experiencing history at the Frazier Museum. The Frazier brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world forever, as well as with average people whose moving and important stories you’ve probably never heard. One of the ways we do this is through live performances by our staff of costumed actors/historians known as “historic interpreters.” The Frazier Museum offers dozens of live sword fighting demonstrations as well as first person historical accounts, including Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Catherine the Great, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Olaudah Equiano and many others. Visit www.FrazierMuseum.org for a daily performance schedule.

More on the 32nd Indiana Infantry, or “Bloedner” Monument at the Frazier History Museum

The nation’s oldest existing Civil War memorial arrived at the Frazier History Museum in August 2010. The 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument, also known as the “Bloedner Monument,” is of exceptional national and historical significance, especially as the country commemorates the Civil War’s 150th anniversary in 2011.

Carved in the weeks following the December 1861 Battle of Rowlett’s Station near Munfordville, Ky., the Bloedner Monument is one of a small number of military monuments or memorials erected as the war was raging. One unusual aspect of this 3,500-pound limestone memorial is its German inscription to honor 13 soldiers lost in the battle. In 1867, it was relocated to Cave Hill National Cemetery, along with the remains of 11 of the soldiers whose names were inscribed on the monument.

In December 2008, the National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees Cave Hill National Cemetery and 130 other national cemeteries, removed the monument from the cemetery. Very fragile after decades of exposure, the Bloedner Monument was transported to the University of Louisville where it was treated by Conservation Solutions, Inc. It now is on display in the Frazier History Museum’s lobby, where visitors can see it for free.
Click here more on this important memorial’s story.

Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 753-5663
www.fraziermuseum.org

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