Locust Grove Visitors’ Guide
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Closed in January
A visit usually begins with the (optional) showing of an introductory video, each hour on the quarter hour (10:30, 11:30, 12:30; 1:30, 2:30, 3:30). The tour of the house and grounds then follows at the half-hour, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Allow for time before or after your tour to explore our museum gallery. Photography policy may be found here.
$9 for adults
$8 for seniors
$4 for children 6-12 years
Discounts at Locust Grove
*All discounts are for regular admission and do not include special events, except where noted*
Blue Star Museum Program: Free admission for active duty military from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
$1 off for retired military/active duty military outside of Blue Star months
AAA: $1 off admission
Senior/AARP: $1 off admission
Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA): $1 off when they show their CTA Star pin
Show Us Your Badge: $1 off when convention delegates show their convention badges or credentials
KET Member: 2 for 1
City Saver: 2 for 1
KY and Museum Heritage Alliance (KMHA) member: free admission
National Trust for Historic Preservation member: $2 off
Group rates are offered for groups of 10 or more and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Take I-71 North. Continue on I-71, passing the I-64 split, and exit at Zorn Avenue. Turn left onto Zorn, taking care as you cross the median. Make a right turn onto River road at the light (Chevron Station on the corner). Turn right onto Blankenbaker Lane, approximately 6 miles from downtown Louisville, at the traffic light. You will proceed gradually uphill as you travel away from the river, and will find the entrance to the Locust Grove parking lot on your left, immediately past Twin Hill (on the right).
From Downtown Louisville:
Take either the I-71 to Zorn Avenue route described above, or if you are already close to the riverfront, just take River Road all the way out to Blankenbaker Lane.
From points along the Watterson Expressway (1-264):
Take the Watterson eastward to the Brownsboro Road (U. S. 42) exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left and proceed to the third traffic light. Turn right onto Blankenbaker Lane. Locust Grove will come into view within about 1-1/2 miles, just as you crest a small ridge. Make a right turn into the parking lot, just after passing the historic house.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my child? What is there for my child to do?
Yes! Children of all ages are welcome at Locust Grove. Your child is welcome to take the house tour, try on costumes in the gallery, and visit our outbuildings. We have historic demonstrations for special events throughout the year—please call ahead at 502-897-9845 or to find out if demonstrators will be on site on the date of your visit. We also have a number of kid-friendly special events. You can find a listing of all events here.
Strollers are not permitted inside the historic house. Strollers may be left at the Visitors’ Center or outside the historic house.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are welcome on the grounds as long as they are leashed, under control, and their waste is picked up. Only service animals are allowed in the historic house.
How do I schedule a group tour?
Group tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance by emailing email@example.com or by calling 502-897-9845 ext. 105. The group rate of $7 per person is offered for groups of 10 or more.
How do I schedule a school tour?
School tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 502-897-9845 ext. 105. More information on school programs can be found here.
I would like to take a tour for my specific accessibility needs.
To request a tour to meet your specific needs, please contact Hannah Zimmerman by emailing email@example.com or by calling 502-897-9845 ext. 108 to arrange a tour at least 3 weeks in advance of your requested date.
Is Locust Grove wheelchair-accessible?
Our Visitors’ Center is fully accessible. The house is not accessible for wheelchairs.
What kind of terrain can I expect at Locust Grove?
Paved and gravel paths connect the Visitors’ Center to the parking lot and historic buildings. Guests may also expect grassy and mulched pathways. The 55 acres extends across two fields and two hills.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in two paved lots in front of the Visitors’ Center. Overflow parking may also be available in the field to the north of the Visitors’ Center.
Where do I buy tickets for my tour?
Tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the front desk in the Visitors’ Center.
How many stairs are in the house?
There are 5 stairs leading up to the porch of the house, 16 stairs from the first floor to the second floor of the house, and 14 stairs from the second floor to the third floor of the house. Each staircase has a railing on the right-hand side. Some outbuildings require a step up or a step down in order to enter.
Is there a ramp?
There is a ramp leading to the Visitors’ Center. There is not a ramp into the historic house.
How much walking can I expect?
Locust Grove has 55 acres of gardens and grounds. The historic house tour has two flights of stairs, and guests will be asked to walk from the Visitors’ Center to the historic house for their tour. The outbuildings are included in the historic house tours, but guests may opt out of this section of their tour.
Is a quiet room available?
Yes! Please ask at the admissions desk.
Is a nursing room available?
Yes! Please ask at the admissions desk.
What events have a lot of noise?
The Revolutionary War Encampment in April and the 18th Century Market Fair in October both feature artillery fire at various points. Various events throughout the year also feature musical performances and other noise elements. Please call the Visitors’ Center at 502-897-9845 for more information about the noise levels at specific events.
Does it cost anything to visit the grounds?
There is no cost to tour the museum grounds and outbuildings. The house tour is subject to daily rates.
Does it cost anything to visit the museum gallery?
There is no cost to visit the museum gallery. The house tour is subject to daily rates.
Is there a self-guided tour?
Yes! There is a self-guided audio tour of the museum grounds and outbuildings. Pick up a map from the box at the stone wall near the historic house or at the Visitors’ Center. Call (502) 373-2978 and follow the prompts for an audio tour of the grounds and outbuildings.
Is there a guided tour?
Yes! Guided tours of the historic house are offered daily on the half hour.
Is there a virtual tour?
Yes! Our virtual tour can be found on our website here.
What time do tours start?
Tours begin on the half hour. On Mondays-Saturdays, tours are offered at 10:30; 11:30; 12:30; 1:30; 2:30; 3:30. On Sundays, tours are offered at 1:30; 2:30; 3:30.
How long are tours?
Tours last approximately 60 minutes.
I lost something on my visit. How can I check if it’s been found?
Please call the Visitors’ Center at 502-897-9845 with a description of the item and we will let you know if it has been turned in.
Is there a gift shop?
Yes! Our Museum Store is located in the Visitors’ Center.
Is a wheelchair available?
A wheelchair is not available on site.
Is a stroller available?
A stroller is not available on site.
Where can I find a drinking fountain?
Drinking fountains are located in the Visitors’ Center. Bottled water may also be available for purchase in the museum store.
Where can I find a public restroom?
Public restrooms are located in the Visitors’ Center.
How can I found out what plants and flowers grow in the gardens and on the grounds?
You can get in touch with our gardener by clicking here.
Can I buy food on site?
Snacks are available for purchase in the museum store. A guide to area restaurants is also available at the admissions desk.
Can I take pictures?
Yes! Photography is welcome in the museum gallery, on the historic house tour, and while in the outbuildings. We kindly ask that photos be taken without flash. Thanks for helping us care for our collections!
If you are a photographer hoping to use Locust Grove as a shooting location, our photography guidelines can be found here.
How can I become a member?
Please call 502-897-9845 or visit our membership webpage here.
How can I make a donation to Locust Grove?
Please call 502-897-9845 or visit our donation webpage here. Thank you for your support!
Locust Grove is closed on Easter Sunday, Kentucky Derby Day (the first Saturday in May), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day (December 25), New Year’s Eve (December 30), and the entire month of January.
How can I volunteer at Locust Grove?
Please visit our volunteer webpage here to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Does Locust Grove have internships?
Yes! Internships are offered on an as-needed basis. Please visit our volunteer and internship webpage here to check for internship opportunities.