Things To Do

85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

 Landscapes of War and Peace

April 5 - 8, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky

The downtown area around the Galt House Hotel offers numerous opportunities to visit museums and other great places. Following please find a brief list of our recommendations. We are also in the process of negotiating discounts for conference attendees and will announce those via this website as well.


The Frazier History Museum - hosting the opening reception and a museum focusing on KY history and also displaying various other exhibits. Holding one of the best gun collections and a stunning exhibit on toy soldiers

Muhammad Ali Center - Explore the life and activism of The Greatest

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - Where the best bats in baseball are made (and you can buy them too!)

Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts - contemporary arts and crafts from Kentucky and the wider region

21C Art Museum & Hotel - if you're looking for an eccentric art museum, displaying 21st century art, visit this museum hotel (it also serves great food and drinks!)

Thomas Edison House - guided tours at this Civil War era historic home that Thomas Edison is said to have rented

Sons of the American Revolution Research Center - national headquarters of the Sons of the American Revolution featuring a research facility

Louisville Waterfront Park - features a historic walking bridge to Indiana and a beautiful view of the Ohio River plus trails for running and walking

Big Four Walking Bridge - historic walking bridge across the Ohio River

Fourth Street Live! - come here for dining, drinks, and entertainment

Speed Art Museum - recently renovated and enlarged Louisville art museum started by a prominent local family with famous ties to President Lincoln

Kentucky Derby Museum - explore the grounds and museum for the most famous two minutes in sports

Battle of Perryville - State Battlefield Park (Perryville, KY)

Fort Hill (Frankfort, KY) - visit the battle field of the largest Civil War battle fought in the state of Kentucky

Kentucky Historical Society and Military History Museum (Frankfort, KY) - former state arsenal and Civil War munitions factory that is now a museum that preserves and explains Kentucky Military History.

Xhale Salon & Spa at the Galt House - One of the great amenities that the Galt House offers. Xhale will offer all SMH 2018 attendees a 15% off discount off of all services if they book up to two weeks in advance before arrival and a 10% off if they book a week or less upon arrival. You can book online or by phone at (502) 587-7644.