Cultural Pass holders officially have 10 days before they expire on Aug. 11. Families are rushing to take advantage of the remaining free access days to Louisville museums, classes or attractions using the passes sponsored by the Fund for the Arts.

Kyle Shepard, media and public relations manager for the Louisville Zoo, which accepts Cultural Pass every Monday, said on July 23 there were roughly 6,400 guests, a significant increase from the 3,000 to 4,000 guests during a sunny weekday.

Shepard said the Cultural Pass ensures that the zoo is available to everyone. Aside from the cultural pass season, she explained there are other events that offer entrance to the zoo for a discounted price.

John Walczak, Louisville Zoo director, said: “There’s 7.5 billion of us sharing the Earth. The zoo is the perfect place for all people to come together to learn about their planetary home and how we all have a role in making sure the Earth is healthy for future generations of humankind and all species inhabiting the planet.”

The Kentucky Derby Museum accepts Cultural Pass every Tuesday and Sunday. The pass gives visitors general admission, which includes the museum itself and a 30-minute walking tour of the track.

Lindsay English, communications manager for the museum, said the passes allows everyone to experience the museum and encourages a new audience each summer. The museum has been with the Cultural Pass since it started.

With just one day left for the Cultural Pass, 1,654 people have already used their passes to enter the museum. To cater to families using the passes, English said they have introduced a more kid-oriented version of the tour which is offered once a day specifically for pass users.


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Rebekah Alvey
Louisville native, Alvey is currently pursuing a journalism and Arabic major at Western Kentucky University. In the fall she will be returning to the College Heights Herald as News Editor and previously covered administration and academics on campus. She spent the past five months studying in Aarhus, Denmark, at the Danish School of Media and Journalism where she covered the European Union, abortion laws and world politics. While she loved traveling around Europe for a semester, she is excited to be back and reporting in Louisville.