Special Exhibitions

Celebrating the 1890 Champion Louisville Colonels

We're celebrating the 125th anniversary of the 1890 American Association Champion Louisville Colonels with a special exhibit that will run October 3 through November 1.

The special exhibit, which will be displayed in the lobby area of the museum, will include more than a dozen rare photographs of Louisville Colonels players, as well as team photographs. A photograph of the 1890 team that won Louisville’s only major league baseball title will be included.

Inside the museum, guests can view a bat and ball used by Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, as well as scorebooks from the Colonels teams of the 19th century. These pieces have never been on display in Louisville before. Wagner became the first known professional athlete to endorse an athletic product with he signed a contract giving J.F. Hillerich & Son (later Hillerich & Bradsby, Co.), the permission to use his autograph on Louisville Slugger bats on September 1, 1905.

The exhibit comes as part of the Louisville Photo Biennial that takes place September 25 through November 7, 2015, throughout Louisville Metro, Southern Indiana, and surrounding communities. Along with 60 photography exhibitions, the Louisville Photo Biennial also presents accompanying workshops, public lectures and panel discussions. For more information, visit their website.

Cincinnati Reds Legends

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is excited to announce a new special exhibition Cincinnati Reds Legends, that will run August 8th through November 1st, 2015.

The special exhibit, which will be displayed in the museum’s back gallery, is an art exhibit featuring the works of Chris Felix, Scott Hannig and Donnie Pollard specially created for the book Cincinnati Reds Legends, by author Mike Shannon.

Felix and Shannon will participate in a book signing and Q&A session to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, beginning at 1 p.m. on August 8th.

More than a dozen portraits of legendary Cincinnati Reds players from Ernie Lombardi to Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey, Jr. will be on display, as well as unforgettable representations of the Reds’ historic ballparks. There will also be a number of behind-the-scenes items from the artists, each of whom have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and contribute to the literary baseball magazine Spitball.

In addition to the special exhibit, the museum will also premier a model of Great American Ballpark made of LEGO® bricks. The model was made by Jason Burik of Brick Model Design in Pittsburgh. 


Upcoming Exhibitions

Best. Toys. Ever. (November 14, 2015 - January 3, 2016)

The Art of Rankin/Bass (November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016)

Ripley's Believe It or Not!® - Oddball™ (March 5, 2016 - January 2017)

Big Leagues, Little Bricks™: Baseball Art Built with LEGO® Bricks (Opening March 2017)