Museum Hours

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The museum gallery and museum store are open Thursday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm.
Guided Grounds Tours offered Thursday - Saturday 11:00 am.
  Advance reservations for required! Buy tickets for the grounds tour here. 
Locust Grove is closed to the public Sundays - Wednesdays, for the months of January and February, and on Easter, Derby Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
A visit usually begins with the (optional) viewing of a 12-minute introductory film.
Photography policy may be found here.
Find our Visitors' Guide here


$12 for adults
$10 for seniors
$6 for children 6-18 years
Gallery only $6 for adults | $3 for children 6 - 18 years
Discounts for AAA members, please inquire. Group rates are offered for groups of 10 or more and must be scheduled in advance.


561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
From I-65
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 (I-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.

2021 Calendar of Events

Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series | Biedermeier in the Ballroom
Sunday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series | 37th Season Biedermeier in the Ballroom Sunday, March 21, 2021 The Chamber Music Concert Series is now virtual! Each concert will be emailed to you by 4:00 pm on the date listed. At 5:30 pm on each concert date, join our maestro Bill Bauer, our musicians, and your fellow chamber music lovers on Zoom for a conversation about the music. Tickets to this concert here: Biedermeier in the Ballroom Sunday, March 22, 2021 • Clementi — Piano Sonata in C Op 36 no.1 • A.A. Saxe Weimar — Quartet for piano, clarinet, cello, and viola • Beethoven — Op. 119 Bagatelles nos. 1, 9, and 11 • Nova Scotian traditional — L’Acadienne • Stephen Foster — The Old Kentucky Home Season subscriptions available here:

Living Room Lecture | Brigitte Fielder : I’ll Fly Away: Birds, Slaves, Audubon, and Flying Africans
Wednesday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Paul Laurence Dunbar knows “why the caged bird sings” in part because of such connections between the enslavement of black people and the captivity of animals that were so prominent in nineteenth-century culture. Because birds, in particular, were viewed as symbols of freedom, arguments that they should not be caged abounded in discourses on pet-keeping. These arguments were often coupled with antislavery arguments, for example, in children’s stories about people who adopt abolitionist views in tandem with deciding to free birds from cages. Brigitte Fielder of University of Wisconsin-Madison reads the racial resonance of birds in John James Audubon’s narratives in this historical context of antislavery bird imagery and also against another “Bird—Slave” analogy: the “Flying African” stories of African American folklore. Reading the bird-slave analogy in this context, we see human-animal relations that defy more commonly discussed racist human-animal tropes and instead illustrate black resistance to oppression.
Brigitte Fielder is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is (with Jonathan Senchyne) co-editor of Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African-American Print and the author of Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America. She is currently working on a book about racialized human-animal relationships in the long nineteenth century, showing how childhood becomes a key site for (often simultaneous) humanization and socialization.
This event takes place over Zoom and will begin at 6:30 pm. The waiting room will open at 6:00 pm and guests will be able to log in to the meeting at that time. For questions about this event, please email Hannah Zimmerman at
Thank you to PNC Bank and John and Jeannie Vezeau, for sponsoring the Living Room Lecture Series.
Register for this program here:  

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