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Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)

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Address: 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127
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The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located...

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is a historic, Victorian mansion located in the heart of Old Louisville on St. James Court. It is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis.

Surrounded by a beautiful courtyard neighborhood at the center of the largest collection of Victorian Homes in the US, "Conrad's Castle" featured all the latest innovations of its day, including interior plumbing and electric lighting. Known for its beautiful woodwork and parquet floors, this massive Bedford limestone home, covered with gargoyles, beautiful archways, and elaborate stone designs, incorporated 7 types of hardwoods and magnificent stained glass windows in the interior design, making it one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville.

The Museum has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian Age, housing a massive collection of period items including many original pieces, and stands as a testament to the abundant lifestyle of the owners, two of Louisville's most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs, Theophile Conrad and William E. Caldwell. Step back in time as you learn more about the era, the neighborhood, and the families who lived here.

**The House offers tours Wednesday through Friday and on Sundays at 1 pm and 3 pm and on Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. For security reasons we do not offer self-guided tours, we only offer guided tours at the stated times. Tour availability is on a first come, first serve basis, we do not take reservations for groups of less than 10 people. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the door 30 minutes prior to each tour. Advanced reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.Ticket costs are Adults-$10 Seniors-$6 Students-$4 Children under the age of 5 are free.

***On the 3rd Thursday of every month the museum also offers extended tour times at 5pm & 7pm for our 3rd Thursday Twilight Tours.

Our tours last between 60-90 minutes as our trained tour guides take guests back in time through this informative tour of the home's 3 floors set up with original family pieces circa 1908.

Donations are greatly appreciated as this is a 501(c)3 non-profit. More information on the museum and our special events can be found by visiting our website.

Thank you for your interest in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum!

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We loved having the great-great-great-granddaughter give us the tour of the home of her family. This home is So GRAND and it's a must see for everyone. I also have a service dog... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2016
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Hilton, New York
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Reviewed August 13, 2016

Rather than a standard tour, they have a cast that plays the parts of the long-departed family members and their servants. We were part of a tour group so they served us lunch which would kind to describe as poor.

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Conrad C, Manager at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), responded to this review

Hi GeneFlyer, Thank you for your feedback! We are always looking for ways to improve our tours and your comments are greatly appreciated. Since this was a special performance created for your tour group, we do hope you return for one of our award winning regularly guided tours. More 

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Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We loved having the great-great-great-granddaughter give us the tour of the home of her family. This home is So GRAND and it's a must see for everyone. I also have a service dog and they treated her great.

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Dallas, Georgia
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

We been to a lot of old houses on tours, this was by far, the cleanest ever. No dust at all. If you like this type of home, don't miss this tour, it long and more info then I wanted, but my wife could have stayed another hour.

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Reviewed July 31, 2016

My boyfriend and I were travelling from Texas to Michigan, and were looking for something to do when the Waverly Hills Sanitarium didn't run tours on Sundays. I'm a big fan of old houses and an aspiring museum professional, so I searched for a small museum in the area and stumbled on the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. What a treat! The... More 

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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Me and my wife took this tour together. As we pulled up in front of the castle we was speechless . From the moment our tour guide opened the front door to greet us until we walked out it was a wonderful experience ! Our tour guide was a member of the Caldwell family and she was very informative. She... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

We have lived in Louisville our whole life. When we were on our "stay cation " and my husband found this home tour online. It's an amazing tour and home . Our tour guide was Barb one of the great grandaughters of Caldwell. And her love, knowledge and passion for the home and neighborhood was amazing . We will go... More 

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Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

We visited this house thinking that a tour might take 30 minutes. I think we spent almost 2 hours and didn't see everything! The two tour guides are both great granddaughters of Mr. Caldwell. The knowledge and history they know about the house and the local area is astounding! Because it is their personal family history, they keep the tour... More 

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

This tour was really interesting and it was given by a family member that had a great perspective on the history. Loved the personal stories and seeing the artifacts that have been donated.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

We have visited many old house museums and this place was amazing. First, our tour was conducted by Barb Caldwell Huber a grand daughter. As she would go from room to room she would tell us stories about the items. These are all original items that belong to either family. It was extra special to hear about the house from... More 

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Cocoa, Florida
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

The entire area that surrounds the Conrad Caldwell Home is a trip back into time. The Victorian homes that are in this old part of Louisville, are short of spectacular. The Caldwell is amazing in it's architecture.Older home have a history and this home won't disappoint. I enjoyed the experience very much.

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