United States

700 W. Main Street
Phone: 502-217-6300
Fax: 502-217-6301
Website: www.21cmuseum.org

21c Museum Hotel

Contemporary art by living artists is the focus of this Museum. 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a dedicated video lounge, the museum features dynamic group and solo exhibitions, as well as permanent, commissioned installations. The exhibitions in the reception area gallery and in the lower atrium gallery will change approximately every six months, and will feature artworks from the 21c Museum Foundation, from the collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, and from artists, museums, and other private and public collections.

The 21c collection includes painting, sculpture, photography, video, and other forms of new and interactive technology-based works by both well known and emerging artists. Located in Louisville's city center, the museum's mission is to encourage greater understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art for all audiences.


Please see www.21cmuseum.org/museum/exhibits for details of current and forthcoming exhbitions.

Previous Exhibitions

Through the Rabbit Hole:
Sleights of Scale and Flights of Fantasy

November 2006 – June 2007

“‘What a curious feeling,’ said Alice, ‘I must be shutting up like a telescope.’”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“In the dream of the man that dreamed, the dreamed one awoke.”
Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins

The surrealistic sphere where the artistic imagination slides and seeps into reality is the tantalizing territory explored in this exhibition. Following the example of Lewis Carroll’s famous heroine, we fall into a dream and through a rabbit hole, entering a topsy-turvy world where logical expectations of scale are dramatically altered, and where fantastical elements—the inhabitants, architecture, or topography—invite us to examine the nature of dreams and myths, both individual and communal, born of our sleeping and our waking. In this exhibition, dreamscapes replace landscapes. From enchanted wintry scenes captured in photographs and within snow globes, to the endless, miniature library where a projected figure holds a book, to a gold-brick floor, to an ink-drawn panoply of fairy-tale creatures, to figures who scale a cathedral, ride reindeer, or come to illusory life as cowboys, secretive scientists, and more, these works belong to the realm of fantasy.

Dan Dutton: Ballads of the Barefoot Mind

October 2006 - January 6, 2007

21c Museum will host a solo exhibition of works by Kentucky artist Dan Dutton as part of its upcoming “Ballads of the Barefoot Mind” exhibit. The display will highlight the artist’s collection of ballad stories, sounds and ...+ [ Read all ]



Opening hours

24 Hours, 7 days per week, 365 days per year

Getting there

Located at 7th and Main Streets in Museum Row near the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Ali Center, Science Center, Frazier Museum and many more. From I-65 take Muhammad Ali Blvd exit (136C), to 7th and take a right. Look for the red penguins. Parking is adjacent and nearby, rates vary. Public transportation stops on Main St. in front of the building.


The facility is accessible to persons with disabilities, meeting or exeeding Federal, State and Local standards. Service animals are welcome. Proof on Main is the Museum and Hotel's restaurant and bar, located on site.

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News and events

Please see www.21cmuseum.org/museum/events for details of upcoming events and performances.

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