Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

#6 in Best Things To Do in Louisville
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1402 St James Ct

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Part of the Old Louisville historic district – America's largest Victorian neighborhood – the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum stands as a preserved example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Known as "Conrad's Castle," the mansion features lavish interior design elements like stained glass windows, parquet floors and seven different types of hardwood. Once home to two of Louisville's most prominent businessmen, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell, the house is now open for tours, allowing visitors to learn about the era, the neighborhood and the families who resided here.

Recent visitors said that if you love historic homes, you'll enjoy taking a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Reviewers were especially impressed with the home's intricate woodwork and the interior's careful restoration. If you don't want to pay for the tour, recent visitors still said you should still make your way over to Old Louisville (which stretches 45 square blocks) to wander the historic neighborhood and marvel at the many Victorian homes. When your feet need a break, take a seat in the city's Central Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape architect behind New York City's famous park of the same name.

You'll find the house across the street from Central Park. Tickets for guided museum tours cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The museum also offers evening tours select Thursdays from April to September. Check the house's website for more details.

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Just its name inspires romantic images of spectators dressed in their Sunday best sipping on mint juleps as thoroughbreds race past them. Recent travelers agreed  Churchill Downs, the racing facility that hosts the annual Kentucky Derby, is just as idyllic as you might have imagined. In fact, visitors said that if there's only time for one stop in Louisville, this Central Avenue racing complex is the place to go.

General admission costs $3 per person (except on Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days), and reserved seating costs $10 per person. Keep in mind: Ticket prices climb higher the more prestigious your perch (in spots like the Matt Winn Dining Room, Millionaires Row, Jockey Club Suites and the Stakes Room). Racing occurs in the spring, from the first Saturday in May to early July, and in the fall from late September to late November. Look here for the schedule. If you're interested in attending the famed Kentucky Derby, prepare to fork over some serious coin. Tickets are sold in two-day packages, with prices that range from $300 to $3,400 per ticket.

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