LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 13 (UPI) -- Arms and armament from the 11th century to the 20th will go on display May 22 at a new museum in Louisville, Ky., called the Frazier Historical Arms Museum.
The museum is housed in a row of 19th century buildings converted at a cost of $32 million by Bourbon whiskey tycoon Owsley Brown Frazier. The museum will house Frazier's own collection and a loan collection from the Royal Armories in Leeds, England.
Frazier, former vice chairman of the Jack Daniels' Brown-Forman distillery firm, donated his collection of American arms, ranging from 1492 to World War I, to the museum, a private, non-profit institution, along with an undisclosed sum for further acquisitions. The collection includes weapons used by George Washington, Gen. George Custer, and Theodore Roosevelt.
The Royal Armories, housing the British national collection, has loaned 350 objects from its reserve collection for a period of three years. The objects will be displayed as in Leeds as life size tableaus of mannequins and horse figures depicting famous scenes from British military history from 1066 to the 1960s. Cabinet displays include arms and armor from France, Italy, Germany, and Flanders.
Louisville also has an outstanding art museum, the Speed Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum devoted to baseball, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, and the Louisville Science Center.