Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the Muhammad Ali Center has three galleries that feature dozens of educational exhibits showcasing the life and legacy of the world-famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. Visitors will experience interactive exhibits, historical videos, and countless historical images and artifacts about how Ali achieved greatness and the significant impact he has had on the world.

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The Muhammad Ali Center was founded in 2005 in honor of the world-famous boxer and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali. The center has built its exhibitions and programming around Ali’s six core principles that led to his success: Dedication, Confidence, Spirituality, Conviction, Respect, and Giving.

Currently, the center is focused on the upcoming one-year anniversary of Ali’s death. The “I Am Ali” Festival is being scheduled in his honor and includes a showing of his memorial service video.

Permanent Exhibits:

Orientation Theater: Visitors will begin their journey into the life of Ali at the five-screen Orientation Theater, where they will be immersed in the film “If You Can Dream.” This 14-minute film is a brief overview of his life and introduces visitors to all of the exciting things they will learn at the museum.

Ali the Artist: This exhibition features the poetry and artwork completed by Ali during his time as an artist. The works are featured on a large gallery wall, where visitors can enjoy it while waiting for the orientation film to begin.

Journeylines: This section of the gallery features interactive stories and highlights from Muhammad Ali’s life.

The Pavilions: Ali aimed to live his life via six core principles: Dedication, Confidence, Spirituality, Conviction, Respect, and Giving. The center aims to follow the same principles and also represents each of these core values via six interactive pavilions.

The Dedication Pavilion explains how Ali set goals and utilized his tremendous focus and commitment to achieve his success. The Confidence Pavilion demonstrates how Ali never let his confidence waver and utilized this inspirational perspective to aid in the Civil Rights Movement. The Spirituality Pavilion expresses how Ali experienced his own personal journey and how this journey helped him find peace, truth, and meaning in his life. The Conviction Pavilion shows how Ali put his beliefs into practice when he stuck by his religious beliefs and refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and then handled the backlash and criticism with grace and honesty. The Respect Pavilion features his journey of personal growth, change, and maturation into someone who earns respect from others through humility. The Giving Pavilion features Ali’s belief in charitable acts and how it transitioned into him becoming a prominent humanitarian.

The Greatest: This chronological timeline gallery features Ali’s professional career and achievements in the boxing ring. Large photographs and historical interviews are sure to delight sports enthusiasts of all ages.

Train with Ali: This exhibition is a replica of Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. Visitors can experience what it’s like to train like Ali and learn the techniques of the sport.

Ali, All the Time: This exhibit features 15 of Ali’s most famous fights, which can be viewed on-demand in the comfortable viewing lounge.

Lighting the Way: In this exhibit, visitors can feel what it was like for Ali to light the Olympic Cauldron at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The torch that Ali used and his replacement gold medal are even on display in this exhibit.

Gen Ali Story Booths: Visitors can record their own inspirational stories and listen to those of other visitors.

Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Timeline & Awards: This exhibit features the timeline of Ali’s charitable events and his numerous humanitarian awards.

Poster Pledge: Visitors can commit to a pledge of their own and take a souvenir photo home as a memento!

Upcoming Events:

“I Am Ali” Festival: This 6-week festival is scheduled to open on June 3, 2017, on the one-year anniversary of Ali’s passing. It will highlight the core principles he lived by and feature special programming, community events, and special exhibits. The event will run through July 15, 2017 with different principles featured each week. There will also be the Youth Festival – I Am Ali on June 9, 2017 from 11:00am until 3:00pm and features kid-friendly programming and events.

Muhammad Ali Memorial Service Video: On June 10, 2017, the Muhammad Ali Memorial Service Video will be aired for visitors.

Additional Information:

Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, KY 40202, website, Phone: 502-584-9254

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