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The Filson Historical Society Reopens to the Public September 1

Louisville, Ky – Beginning September 1, the Filson Historical Society will reopen to the public for guided campus tours, research appointments, and rental space tours.  Previously, the Filson had been closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff have been working on campus and remotely in accordance with Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” guidelines since March 2020.

Guests over the age of 12 are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and wear a mask when visiting the Filson’s campus or participating in a Filson-sponsored indoor event. Visitors may show their vaccination card or a photo of their card. Those unable to be vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative Covid test within the 48 hours prior to their planned visit. Either a printed or electronic copy of the results will be accepted.

All programming will continue to be held virtually until December 31, 2021, with a few exceptions. Reservations are suggested for all in-person events, tours, and research appointments. The Filson’s exhibition galleries will be open to walk-in visitors.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling the Filson at (502) 635-5083. The Filson is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Guided tours are available each day at 2:00 p.m. For a list of upcoming events, please visit For more information about utilizing the Filson’s collection in-person or remotely, please visit us online at or contact the Filson directly via email at gro.l1660261443aciro1660261443tsihn1660261443oslif1660261443@hcra1660261443eser1660261443.

The Filson asks that all visitors adhere to these new policies to ensure the safety of our staff, visitors, and community. Questions or concerns may be directed to President and CEO Richard H. C. Clay via phone at (502) 635-5083, or by email at gro.l1660261443aciro1660261443tsihn1660261443oslif1660261443@ofni1660261443. The Filson will continue to monitor the situation and update these policies as guidance from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the CDC changes. The full reopening plan can be found online at



Since its founding in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has preserved the region’s collective memory, not only of Kentucky but also of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Filson continues to collect and share the significant stories of the region. An independent historical society, The Filson serves the public through its extensive research collections and numerous educational opportunities. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old Louisville and offers research facilities, event, and rental space.