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Elizabeth I of England was considered the best-educated monarch of her day. By the time she was 11, she could write and speak English, Latin and Italian. Later, she added Greek and Cornish.


2014-15 Exhibits Brochure

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Art, Fashion and Luxury in the Gilded Age
Oct. 4, 2014 – Feb. 1, 2015

Lifestyles presents the spirit and material culture of the Gilded Age (ca. 1870-1915) through the era’s most iconic artwork and objects. Fashionable dresses and accessories, American Impressionist paintings, and luxury products from the period are among the items featured in the exhibition. Visitors will experience the extravagance of the Gilded Age and the birth of Modern American consumer culture.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Exhibit
Nov. 15, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015

A Hollywood classic and everyone’s favorite holiday movie, White Christmas features costumes and memorabilia on loan from the Rosemary Clooney House, in Augusta, Kentucky. Generations have considered White Christmas the quintessential holiday movie, and now visitors can view authentic items from the movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.

Holidays around the World
Nov. 28, 2014- Jan. 4, 2015

Holidays Around the World is a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisvilleā€™s diverse communities. It ranges from trees decorated as they would be in countries that observe Christmas, to cultural displays showcasing other holidays observed around the globe throughout the year.

The Lewis and Clark Experience
Opening April 11, 2015

Visitors of all ages will be taken on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks them to face some of the many challenges encountered by the Corps of Discovery. Visitors will forge rivers and cross mountains, encounter new people, cultures and fantastic new species of animals, seek the Northwest Passage and ultimately discover the diversity of the new nation.

Hometown History Series
Opening Summer 2015

This series of exhibitions seeks to explore the diverse region, helping visitors discover the story of our own home town. Hometown History Series‘ inaugural exhibition will celebrate 100 years of Doe Anderson and its award-winning work for local, regional and national clients.

Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky
Opening Oct. 28, 2015

Spirits explores how Bourbon shaped Kentucky and the region, tracing the rise of the anti-liquor movement through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933. By examining the Volstead Act and its effect on crime, politics and culture, we show how millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans chose to violate the national liquor ban, and detail the vast, often violent, criminal industry that quickly sprang up to satisfy the country’s thirst for illegal booze.




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