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  • Discover the Romanesque façade of the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville by MGallery, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The flagship establishment of 21c Museum Hotels consists of five historical 19th-century warehouses for Louisville’s tobacco and bourbon merchants along the vibrant riverside port, including the Falls City Tobacco Bank.

  • Discover historic details that complement the iconic Red Penguin throughout the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville by MGallery. This historic hotel features reclaimed wood floors, hand-blocked linen upholstery, exposed brickwork and timber trusses, and glass transoms. See the golden double-size replica of Michelangelo’s David and visit the art gallery to see innovative artwork in the 9,000-square-foot space.

  • Discover the unique artwork that adorns the walls of the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville by MGallery. Among the brilliant pieces in the collection includes an immersive installation, The Practices of Everyday Life, by David Burns and Austin Young. Constructed from dozens of photographs, texts, and objects, this research-based work is intended to celebrate the culture of place, including recognition of Louisville’s LGBTQ history, Native heritage, and significant events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Learn about the History of the 21c Hotel’s Penguins that have remain part of the Hotel’s permanent exhibition since 2006. They were first debuted at 21c Louisville and 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson purchased the sculptures after seeing them perched around the city at the 2005 Venice Biennale public art project. People really interacted with the penguins would be seen taking photos with them, taking them to dinner, and even just walking around with them. They became an icon and contributed to the hotel’s mission of making contemporary art more accessible to the public. Over a decade and many hotels later, each 21c has its own flock of Penguins and each are in the color that embody the singular identity of the city. (For those looking to visit them all: 21c Louisville, Red Penguin; 21c Cincinnati, Yellow Penguin; 21c Bentonville, Green Penguin; 21c Lexington, Blue Penguin; 21c Durham, Fuschia Penguin; 21c Oklahoma City, Purple Penguin, 21c Nashville, Teal Penguin, 21c Kansas City, Sky Blue Penguin).
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