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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
Phone Number:
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08:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day! Kentucky Derby Museum,...

Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day! Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky has a commitment to engage, educate, and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! Our exhibits will take you through the journey from the birth of the foal to the winner's circle. Find yourself in the middle of Kentucky Derby week activities and Derby traditions. Or you can take in the view of the track on Derby Day from the middle of the Infield. We are the exclusive tour provider for Churchill Downs Racetrack offering tours 7 days a week. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, "The Greatest Race," a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that'll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, a chance to meet our resident Thoroughbred and miniature horse, access to the Finish Line Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafè and much more!

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I was vacationing with some friends and we decided to visit the museum. Not something I would have decided to do ........ but I'm so glad I went. Very good experience. Museum... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was vacationing with some friends and we decided to visit the museum. Not something I would have decided to do ........ but I'm so glad I went. Very good experience. Museum takes you through the history of the Kentucky Derby, along with interactive betting, simulated riding, and movie. We took the tour that allowed you inside of Churchill Downs... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable and reasonable tour in Louisville. I would recommend about an hour to 2 hours for the total experience. Great for adults and kids with interactive exhibits for all... Really a good thing to try in the heart of horse racing country!

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed your experience with us. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have come here with my children's field trips twice. It is wonderful. The 360 video is phenomenal. Even if you aren't a true horse racing fan, it's worth a trip!

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to visit! We are glad you were able to enjoy the video! More 

Mount Eden, KY, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I usually take friends from out of town/state by to show them some of the best KY has to offer. The tour and museum are much better when the horses are running but still a good stop during the off season.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Glad you can share the museum with others! Thanks for visiting! More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a Derby hall of fame -- every horse gets his or her name and image up somewhere. The opening film is spectacular and shown on a 360-degree screen, but it's down hill from there. Lots of video stations showing old races. Go on a day when they are having races at Churchill Downs, because the museum is not... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! When you watch the Kentucky Derby this year you will be a little more informed! More 

Rantoul, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Churchill Downs offers different kinds of tours, we chose to do the museum and the free 30 minute tour that comes with it (there's also a neat video that is projected on a sort of oval diaporama. The tour is very informative and afterwards you get to visit a race horse and a miniature horse which is a great way... More 

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Cookeville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got there too late in the day to take the extended tour so just did the short tour and went through the museum. The movie at the museum was great, the exhibits were interesting. Would recommend.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Glad you at least got a feel for the Museum! Hopefully you can come back and spend more time with us! More 

Orange Beach, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice way to get a real feel of Churchill Downs and racing. The museum kept everyone's attention and the walking tour was great for those wanting to see the actual track!

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us! Thanks for coming by. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a horse fan but this museum should be a must see for everyone. The tour was excellent. Barry was a great guide and extremely informative. Be sure and spend some time in their museum. You'll even get to watch the race that was done the year of your birth! Pretty cool! The tour shows you the track,... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

We'll let Barry know you enjoyed his tour. He's an expert. Thanks for coming in to see us! More 

Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at the museum on a road trip with our 4 and 8 year olds to stretch legs. They enjoy d the interactive portions, tour and short movie offered. Not enough to consume a full day but great if you have a couple hours to spend.

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