The 100 Best Louisville, KY Murals: City Guide + Map
Louisville is the city we have called home together for almost 4 years. With 16 distilleries, big music festivals, iconic horse racing, and our gorgeous park system – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. While you’re flitting about town- you’ll definitely enjoy snagging a photo in front of our many original pieces of art! Find all of our favorite Louisville murals below!
P.S. We’d love to see the murals you find! Feel free to tag us on Instagram @mycolorfulwanderings!!
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How To Use This Guide
In this guide, you’ll find Louisville, Kentucky murals along with major attractions in the area and a few restaurant recommendations sprinkled in!
IMPORTANT NOTE: It might seem like our murals are all over the city- but you can be just about anywhere in Louisville in under 30 minutes. Plan ahead to see some of these murals around your weekend getaway and you won’t be disappointed!
Where To Stay In Louisville
There are so many incredible historic and fun hotels in Louisville – it can be hard to choose! To get the most of your visit and pack in seeing the greatest amount of murals – we highly recommend staying downtown. The Seelbach, Moxy, and The Omni are incredible hotels downtown with dramatic Instagram-worthy flair.
If you’re like us though and you prefer a local feel, it’s nice to be able to stay in an Airbnb. Here are a few great options in the heart of the city!
Notable Local Artists
While there are many diverse artists across Louiville’s mural scene – there are a few artists who have done incredible work on some of our most prominent murals.
Bryan Patrick Todd
A muralist and graphic designer responsible for some of our favorite murals around the city, you’ll see below! The Angels and Envy Mural, Inspiration is Everywhere, Weird Independent and Proud Mural, Our City Our Home Falls City Beer Mural, and so many more.
Often Seen Rarely Spoken
Often Seen Rarely Spoken is our favorite mural artist because the murals are so bold and beautiful. Of our favorites that he’s done – the Together Our Future Is Bright Mural is stunning!! You’ll find it in the East Market District section of this post.
The Art Cartel
The artists of The Art Cartel describe themselves and their art as ‘thought-provoking and visually stimulating’… if you’ve ever seen one of their pieces, you know it’s true. Every one of their murals had hidden messages throughout based on social themes etc.
West Louisville Murals (Dark Blue locations)
West Louisville is an area rich in cultural significance for Louisville. Muhammed Ali, one of our favorite local heroes, is from West Louisville and inspires many to this day- including many of the murals! This neighborhood also hosts the I Am Ali Festival – honoring Ali’s life and passion. Make sure to stop by Sweet Peaches for breakfast (conveniently located next to two murals!)
For those interested in Civil Rights history – this area has many incredible works of art dedicated to the Civil Rights movement.
- Nia Community Center Mural | Artist: Charlie Nunn | Address: 2900 West Broadway
- 1800 Ali Mural | Address: 1800 W Muhammed Ali Blvd.
- Statue of Liberty & American Flag Mural |Address: 1204 W Main St
- We Belong Mural | Artist: Jaylin Stewart | Address: 1600 W. Broadway
- Geometric Wall Mural | Address: 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
- Love in Louisville Mural | Address: 500 S 18th Street
- Breonna Taylor Mural | Artist(s): | Address: N 11th Street`
- Be The Energy You Want To Attract Mural | Address: The Corner of 16th and Muhammed Ali Blvd.
RUSSELL NEIGHBORHOOD UNDERPASS
This underpass is actually a conglomeration of murals! The most popular being the ‘Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams’ Mural. Address: 1406 W Chestnut Street
Whatever You Are Be A Good One Mural: To find this mural – head to the corner of Rowan Street and 15th Street. Once you see this mural, head north on 15th Street and take a left on Portland Avenue, a couple of blocks up on the left – you’ll find an incredibly unique restaurant: The Table.
Their motto is ‘Everyone Has A Seat At Our Table,’ and they don’t require people to pay full price if they can’t afford it. Suppose you can, though, please pay it forward so that others who are less fortunate may enjoy a meal!
Address: 1800 Portland Ave
DownTown Louisville Murals (Light Green Locations)
We love this area of Lousiville because it represents a little of all the things we love. Good food, music, history, and pretty streets to walk down. Home to The Louisville Slugger Museum, Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Science Center, and 21 C Museum Hotel – this is a perfect area for activities with kids or a weekend escape.
Muhammed Ali Door Murals | Address: 100 E Market Street
Along with the Evan Williams Bourbon Distillery (we’re excited to try soon!), the murals in this neighborhood make it easy to walk and enjoy a leisurely day!! We highly recommend starting on Main Street and then working your way towards 4th Street Live for a taste of Louisville.
These murals can be seen while driving or walking between East Main Street and down to Broadway. It’s only about 10 blocks total! (An easily walkable afternoon!)
- Welcome to Whiskey Row – Four Roses | Address: 118 E Main Street
- The Kentucky Mural | Address: 654 S 4th Street
- Theater Square Mural | Address: 651 S 4th Street
- Inspiration is Everywhere – Artist: Bryan Patrick Todd | Address: 280 W Jefferson Street
- Barbarella Mini Mural | Address: 116 E Main Street
- Spinelli’s Gal Mural | 113 W Market Street
- Getting Lucky in Kentucky Mural | Address: 116 W Market Street
- Merles Whiskey Kitchen Mural | Address: 122 W Main St
- Old Forester Distilling | Address: 111 W Main St Suite 115 (On the backside of Duluth!)
Music Alley | Address: 611 S 4th Street
These three murals are on the side of the Louisville Marriot downtown.
Address: 280 W Jefferson Street
3rd Street Underpass Murals
To find these murals – you can start by traveling to The Old Spaghetti Factory on the corner of 3rd and Market, then follow the underpass on 3rd Street between Market Street and Jefferson Street. There are 6 different murals here, and all are equally great!!
The last on our list as you’re leaving the 3rd Street underpass murals in the Flaming Dragons mural. This one is on a random building so go to the McDonalds on the corner of Broadway and 2nd… You can’t miss it!
Address: 207 W Broadway
Drive To This one…
This one is a bit out of the way but absolutely worth seeing. Created by Wilfred Sieg III / The Art Cartel (below); It’s so vibrant and all about the music we enjoy!
See one of our most popular posts – 100 Top Songs for Instagram Reels!
Address: 515 E Breckinridge Street
East Market District Murals (purple Map Locations)
The East Market district runs along Market Street in downtown Louisville, east of Highway 64 and Highway 65.
Home to delicious food, the Louisville Bats baseball home field, and the oh-so-popular Nulu neighborhood – this is probably going to be your most fun walking tour!! (You can even go indoor rock climbing and throw axes for fun in this neighborhood!)
A Louisville local’s favorite – the Royals Hot Chicken Nulu Mural. Another incredible piece by The Art Cartel, this one has even graced the Instagram of Padma Lakshmi! If you don’t know who she is – just remember that a world renowned food critic came to Louisville and loved Royals Hot Chicken so much she snagged a picture with their mural.
Address: 736 E Market St
Off Market Street Murals
- Red Tree Market Flower Mural | Address: 701 E Market Street
- Wings on Market | Address: 615 East Market St
- Louisville City Skyline Mural at Garage Bar | Address: 700 E Market St
- Falls City Brewing | Address: 415 E Market Street
- Please & Thank You ‘Cookies and Coffee Mural’ | Address: 800 E Market St
- Louisville Is For Makers Garage Mural | Address: 913 E Main St
- Mint to My Julep Mural | Address: 807 E Market St
- Quills Coffee | Address: 802 E Main St (It’s the same building as the Mint Julep Mural)
- Forecastle Fest Mural | Address: 636 E Main St
The Often Seen Rarely Spoken group are the artists of the incredible mural above. This area is known for boutiques and great food, almost guaranteeing that no one will miss it!
Address: 806 E Market St
Extra Murals In The East Market District
- Your Important Future Mural | Address: 225 S Clay Street
- We Will Get Through This Together | Address: 218 S Clay St
- Via Art Studio Shaking Hands Mural | Address: 223 S Clay St
Another great one from Bryan Patrick Todd – inside the Angel’s Envy Bourbon Distillery. Have fun doing a bourbon tasting and tour, and then snag a photo with this mural!!
Address: 500 E Main St
Jo Ley Antiques isn’t in business anymore, but the mural is still there! Hopefully, the next owners keep it! Not really sure if it’s fighting robots or just some bubble dudes, but either way, it’s cute! Your best bet to see it is to see it from the road while you’re driving.
Jo Ley Antiques Robots Mural | Address: 615 E Market Street
This last mural in the East Market District is tucked away in The International Tap House’s patio. With a huge selection of beers, this would be a refreshing spot after exploring downtown!
Address: 637 E Main Street
Smoketown, Louisville Murals (Yellow Locations)
Smoketown is an interesting point in Louisville because it’s sort of the back end of a few high profile Louisville neighborhoods – and then also home to the burgeoning Paristown Point neighborhood. Its history dates back to the beginnings of Louisville with the world’s largest collection of shotgun houses!
Address: The corner of Clay Street and Finzer Street
This mural sums up everything about Smoketown. ‘Smoketown to me was a melting pot.. everybody knew everybody.’ In the history behind such a tight-knit community – we’ve realized that being neighborly is not something that people do much of anymore? But in a place where everybody knows everybody – the sense of community is a strong tradition that we should bring back!
This area got 11 new murals according to The Courier-Journal all at once in order to celebrate the people who live here.
At 11 different locations just southeast of downtown, the murals are a part of the first-ever Imagine 2020 Mural Festival, a project coordinated by Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art.SAvannah Eadens – The Courier Journal
- Nature in Smoketown Mural | Address: The corner of Clay Street and Finzer Street
- Children Reading Mural | Address: 334 E Broadway, Louisville (The backside)
- Shine Mural | Address: 725 S. Floyd St.
- Colorful Ties | Address: 630 East Broadway
- Colorful Knitting Mural | Address: 786 S Shelby St (Next to Kertis Creative)
- Breastfeeding Mural | Address: 900 S Shelby St
- Phoenix Mural | Address: 310 E Breckinridge Street
- Make The Days Count Muhammed Ali Mural | Address: 745 S. Preston St
- We Rise By Lifting Others Mural – Love the message of this one! As content creators, we’ve found that when we’ve panicked or felt low – THIS is what has brought us back into the light and pushed us forward. Someone else willing to take the time to help!! Address: 828 S. Floyd St
- Colorful Arrows – Another great one from The Art Cartel – these colorful arrows make a BIG statement in Smoketown! Address: 813 Finzer St
- A Woman of Many Talents | Address: 949 S Jackson St
Paristown Point is home to a few incredible restaurants and the new Old Forester Paristown Hall. Paristown Hall is going to be an outdoor/ indoor music venue!
Address: 724 Brent St
Butchertown, Louisville Murals (Black Locations)
What used to be the meatpacking area has turned into a chic industrial style area of town. Everything here reminds you of the history behind Butchertown, but with a shiny finish. From High Five Doughnut’s salivating confections to our new brandy distillery – you can’t have a bad day exploring this part of the city!
One of our favorites – The Story avenue mural really pays homage to the history of this neighborhood. They don’t call it Butchertown for smelling like roses! The slight smell of a meat packaging plant may head your way on a breeze here! But it’s truly part of the charm to see all of the incredible industrial remodeled buildings in the area.
Address: 1200 Story Ave
Butchertown Market- Home to 4 murals and all of the eclectic handmade Kentucky gifts you’ll ever need! (The Butchertown Love mural is on the backside facing Play Louisville Bar.)
Address: 1201 Story Ave
- LOVE Mural | Address: 137 Buchanan St
- Red and Black Four Roses Mural | Address: 1032 Story Ave
- Pigs Will Fly | Address: 114 Adams St (Look at the building next door.)
All of these murals are located on the same garage even though two separate artists created these works. The Love Has No Color mural was created by Skott Marsi and commissioned by Adam Horton. The mural features the faces of Elvis, Madonna, Prince, and Ray Charles.
The geometric mural was created by Adam Horton himself! See them both at:
1406 E Washington Street (Behind St.Joeseph’s)
Germantown & Shelby Park Murals (Blue Map Locations)
The best way to describe Germantown is ‘diverse’. Full of eclectic art, hipster breweries, and the incredible Logan Street market – this area is amazing. If you’re looking for a low-key day – we highly recommend driving around to catch a glimpse of these amazing Louisville murals and then grabbing something delicious to eat!
These three murals are on the same long wall and have been the backdrops for countless influencers’ Instagram posts! Personal favorite: Einstein. (Shelbs works in a lab so it had to be!)
Address: 1227 Logan St
To The Top Mural (Abell Elevator Company) – A really cool one that leads down to a few other murals off of Logan Street.
Address: 1256 Logan St
- Whiskey Got Me In Trouble Mural | Address: 1149 S Shelby St
- Pouring Paint Mural | Address: 1140 E Oak St
- Rhombus Wall | Address: 1122 S Shelby St #201
- Scarlett’s Bakery Mural / Pastel Swirls Mural | Address: 741 E Oak St
- Building Something Bigger Than Ourselves Together | Address: 1229 S Shelby St
- MFX Crew Mural | Address: 1131 Logan St (On the backside next to the railroad tracks)
- Skeleton Tire Mural | Address: 814 E Oak St
- Blissful Relaxation | Address: 1200 E Oak St
These are a few of the vintage murals in Shelby Park that you’ll see while driving around. Not necessarily ones that you’ll get out and take a picture with – but it’s fun to see the historical side of murals starting to come to life in Louisville.
- 3 Points Mural | Address: 1256 Logan St
- Children Playing in Bubbles Mural – Shelby Park Community Center | Address: 501 Woodbine St
- Hippie River Mural | Address: 1264 S Preston St
- Geometric Curves | Address: 1127 Logan St
- Shelby Park Storage Unit Mural | Address: 1207 S Shelby St
- Germantown Mill Lofts Cotton Mural | Address: 946 Goss Ave
- Nellie Crawford Mural | Address: 433 E Oak St
- Psychadelic Owl Mural | Address: 1217 Logan St (Across the street from Albert Einstein Mural)
- Idlewild Butterfly Mural | Address: 1100 Logan St
One of our favorites in the area! This mural is all about education and believing in yourself. See the Raven Mural at 1124 Logan St.
Finding Louisville’s murals around good food is always a treat. The two murals above are around two local favorites – The Post pizza restaurant and Four Pegs the bar. Equally amazing additions to the Germantown neighborhood and well worth a stop while you’re exploring!
Pizza. Beer. Victory. Mural | Address: 1045 Goss Ave
Beer Food ‘Merica | Address: 1053 Goss Ave
Highlands, Louisville Murals (Orange Map Locations)
The Highlands is the foodie haven of Louisville. Restaurants like Jack Fry’s have been around for ages – and new restaurants are popping up all the time. Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue are full of eateries, micro-breweries, and bars with Instagram-worthy patios perfect for a relaxing weekend.
The Eagle has an awesome mural as well as a cozy patio for summer nights! (Highly recommend you try sweet cornbread!)
Address: 1314 Bardstown Rd
These are all of the full wall length murals on the side of buildings in The Highlands. There are soo many of them, and they would make great backdrops while you’re out exploring!
- Kentucky Rushmore Mural | Address: 1583 Bardstown Rd
- Art Supply Store Mural | Address: 1002 Barret Ave
- Circus Women Mural | Address: 996 Barret Ave (next door to Nitty Gritty)
- Abandoned Pink and yellow Graffiti | Address: 1017 E Broadway
- The Highlands | Address: 975 Baxter Ave
- Jelly Monsters | Address: 1582 Bardstown Rd
- Old Town Liquors Mural | Address: 1529 Bardstown Rd
- Highlands 70’s Mural | Address: 1233 Bardstown Rd
- Dancing Pugs Mural | Address: 1034 Bardstown Rd
- Hopcat ‘The Weird’ Mural | Address: 1064 Bardstown Rd
- Carmichael’s Kids Bookstore Mural | Address: 1313 Bardstown Rd
- Spanish Women | Address: 996 Barret Ave (On the other side of Nitty Gritty)
- Weird, Independent, and Proud Mural | Address: 1158 Bardstown Rd
- Diorio’s Beer Monkey Mural | Address: 919 Baxter Ave
- Hunter’s Louisville Mural | Address: 1025 Barret Ave
These are a few mini murals you’ll see while walking down Bardstown Road. None of them are very big but they all add to the funky culture of the Highlands.
- Tattoo Salvation | Address: 1412 Bardstown Rd
- Dragon King’s Daughter Mural | Address: 1126 Bardstown Rd
- Taco Luchador Wrestlers Mask Mural | Address: 938 Baxter Ave
City Skyline Graffiti Mural | Address: 530 Barret Ave
South Louisville Murals (Kelly Green Map Locations)
South Louisville is iconic because it’s home to The University of Louisville, the Louisville Zoo, and Churchill Downs. During May – this area comes alive for the Derby and it’s so pretty with all of the trees and flowers blooming.
The Churchill Downs Blue Floral Mural is crazy famous for the Derby and Oaks crowd! Mass Mutual created this perfect spot for us all to share in the horse racing spirit. Just be sure to get a photo before you get hot, sweaty, and have to take your heels off.
Churchill Downs Address: 700 Central Avenue
Nords Bakery Mural | Address: 2118 S Preston St || Greetings From Louisville Mural | Address: 1101 Central Ave
While there aren’t many in this area of Louisville, sometimes the Speed Art Museum will put up a semi-permanent display. A few years ago, they had up the Before I Die mural that was popular around the US for a little while! If they put up another one – we’ll update this post!
East louisville Murals (Dark Pink Locations)
There are only a few in East Louisville – but these murals sparked a desire to find the rest of the murals. We live in East Louisville, so it’s where we spent the majority of our time. Realizing that there are many murals to be explored pushed us to adventure in our city!
Packing a big punch is this colorful explosion on the wall behind Big Lots. Sponsored by the lead mural artist Liz Richter, Center For Neighborhoods, District 11 Councilman Kevin Kramer, Chas Stephens, and the Hikes Point P.A.I.N.T. Committee – this mural showcased the history behind this little part of Hike’s Point. To bring more art to the neighborhood, it was completed in 2016.
Address: 3938 Taylorsville Road
One the side of Spinelli’s St.Matthews Pizzeria – this brand new mural!
Address: 4005 Shelbyville Rd
Steel City Pops and Quills have a joint location complete with an Instagram perfect patio!
Address: 117 St Matthews Ave
Louisville Waterfront/Clifton Murals (Coral Map Locations)
My favorite section of all because of the gorgeous lion mural! There really aren’t many in this area, but it’s an area full of good food and many beautiful things in Louisville.
After visiting the Mellwood Art Center’s Lion Mural, there’s a great pizza place, artists’ personal galleries, as well as a few local shops!
As far as other things to do in this area to make it worth your time, there are many other outdoor attractions. The waterfront park, The Heigold House Facade (a gorgeous piece of Louisville’s history!), and the Waterfront Botanical Gardens would all make a perfect relaxing weekend itinerary.
The best way to get to know a city is through its heart and soul: art and food. So while we’ve given you the directions to all of these gorgeous works of art – make sure to stop and grab some great food. A big part of Southern hospitality is making sure no one leaves your home without being full and satisfied. Full of bourbon and southern cooking, how could you really be otherwise, right?!
As a bigger southern city, we’re not always on everyone’s bucket list. But with so much to offer, consider Louisville this year for a perfect weekend getaway! We love our city and everything it has to offer all types of adventurers.
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