21c Museum Hotel Louisville

700 W Main St Louisville

Best Museums in Louisville/21c Museum Hotel Louisville
The Budget Savvy Travelers
Written By The Budget Savvy Travelers

Audrey and Harry Lesner, otherwise known as The Budget Savvy Travelers, are full-time travelers and digital nomads. Born and raised in Chicago, their passion to show others how to break free without breaking the budget. They are the proud winners of the 2019 Top Budget Travel Blog.

21c Museum Hotel

Main Street truly offers some of the sight-seeing opportunities in Louisville. The Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Science Center, and the Frazier Museum are all located on this central city strip. Alongside these attractions, the 21c Museum Hotel celebrates modern and contemporary art, making it a unique place to visit or overnight while in Louisville.

The Inside Story

21c Museum Hotel is an interesting concept. In addition to its status as one of the best accommodations options in Louisville, the property offers 9,000 square feet of exhibition space showcasing some amazing contemporary art. These galleries are free and open to the public 365 days a year. While exploring Museum Row, consider a stop inside to look at their exhibits which are constantly changing and featuring new works and artists.

The Exterior

On the hotel's exterior, take note of the 4-foot tall red penguins on the roof. The brightly-colored plastic statues were created by the Cracking Art Group and were initially commissioned for a public art project at the Venice Biennale in 2005. This community of seven artists came together in 1993 and have frequently been featured in exhibitions all over Europe. Their installments were first showcased at 21c Museum in 2005. Many hotel guests and art lovers enjoy taking a photo with the city's token red penguins. Some are even placed in guests' hotel rooms.

The gold sculpture on the corner is a replica of Michaelangelo's David. This piece was completed by Serkan Özkaya for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. Whether you stop just to enjoy the facade of the building's exterior or choose to spend a night in one of Louisville's signature hotels, the 21c Museum Hotel is definitely worth a stop while exploring the city's Museum Row.

In the short video clip below, 21c Museum Hotels' founder Steve Wilson shares his vision.

Visit the first museum hotel and check out the current installments.

Cover image of 21c Museum Hotel by Scott McLeod via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Find hotels near this post

Best Museums in Louisville

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

Cookie image

We use cookies on this website. You are free to manage these via your browser settings at any time. For more information about how we use cookies, please see our Privacy Policy.