Most of these attractions facilitate group
tours and/or offer group ticket sales, and
also host off-site events.
From a historic opera house in Lexington
to a unique museum that showcases quilts
in Paducah, there are many inspiring backdrops for group gatherings in Kentucky.
Speed Art Museum, Louisville
The Speed Art Museum, which showcases a
collection that spans 6,000 years, reopened
in March after a multimillion-dollar three-year expansion/renovation. Highlights of
the project include a new South Addition,
which features a cinema, lobby and courtyard, plus the new North Building, an art
park and a public piazza.
“The new space has doubled exhibit
Kentucky Center for the
space and features the group-friendly
North Building that has instantly become
the ‘go-to’ venue for Louisville events and
meetings,” says the museum’s public rela-
tions manager, Laura Ross. “The acoustical-
ly rich Grand Hall and glass-filled atrium
can hold up to 500-plus guests for a one-of-
a-kind event space that is situated around
centuries of great art.”
Located just minutes from down-
town Louisville, the updated museum
accommodates group tours and hosts
various events year-round, from corporate
meetings and luncheons to concerts and
Performing Arts, Louisville
“The Kentucky Center is the Commonwealth’s preeminent performing arts
center, offering several unique spaces for
groups of all sizes, including both theatrical
and more traditional meeting spaces,” says
Rachel Cummings, the museum’s senior
manager of event services.
The four theatrical spaces range in size
from 100 to 2,400 seats, all equipped with
the latest audiovisual bells and whistles,
and non-theatrical spaces include a grand
rehearsal hall and a modern bar area.
Located in the heart of downtown Louis-
Lexington Opera House, Lexington
ville on the Ohio River, the museum, which
has a packed events calendar featuring
musicals and various other performances,
hosts group tours highlighting the on-site
contemporary art collection, and has an
on-site food-and-beverage department.
“They can build bar packages around the
group’s specific event needs, including a
specialty cocktail designed by the client,”
The 1886-built Lexington Opera House,
which stages touring national acts and is
part of the Lexington Center, the region’s
most popular multiuse entertainment,
convention and shopping complex, is
a well-situated “cultural crown jewel,”
according to Luanne Franklin, director of
performing arts for Lexington Center.
“Located in the heart of downtown
Lexington’s entertainment district, the
Lexington Opera House is steps away from
dozens of local restaurants, bars, galleries,
antique shops and boutiques,” she says.
Private tours of the opera house can
be arranged, group discounts for ticketed
events are available, and the venue has
several spaces for group gatherings, including upper level
lobbies and Pardy’s Pub
in the lower level.
“Pardy’s is beautifully appointed in the
style of a Rathskeller
in an old English
pub,” Franklin says.
Beyond thoroughbred horses and some of the world’s greatest bourbon, two
decidedly defining products
of Kentucky living, the
Bluegrass State is also an
arts and cultural destination
with plenty of museums and
performing arts centers to
explore when meeting here.
LEFT TO RIGHT: SPEED ART MUSEUM, SKYPAC,
KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Music, museums and performing arts play vital
roles in enticing groups to the Bluegrass State
LEXINGTON OPERA HOUSE