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Kentucky Derby Museum

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704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
+1 502-637-1111
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
South Side
+1 502-637-1111
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed our museum visit, movie, and tour; all was first class. Even though neither of us are "horse people," we had an excellent experience none-the-less. The museum exhibits were well signed and included many human interest subjects with broad audience appeal. The 18...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have to watch the Kentucky Derby every year with my wife and her family. I don't care about the race but my wife wanted to visit the museum while in Louisville for her birthday. They are doing a lot of construction near the entrance...More

Thank krisencalade
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the group tour. Everyone was wonderful. So helpful and willing to answer any and all questions. The museum had stuff for all ages. Everyone in our group ages 7 to 65 found something to interest them. Many places to sit and rest (if...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 6 days ago

When you visit Churchill Downs make sure to keep time for the museum. Here you will get to know know history of the races, the jockeys, the great horses. Icing on the cake is the short movie on 360 degree screen.

Thank Atraveller0511
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not being big horse racing enthusiasts, our friends invited us to spend an afternoon at the track and museum. The experience was beyond a shadow of a doubt a "don't miss". Especially fun was seeing exhibits on Secretariat, the 360 degree movie, all of the...More

Thank Allen K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Kentucky Derby Museum today and it was so much more than I thought it would be! One of the great exhibits is of some of the hats worn by spectators at the Kentucky Derby. There were loads of photo ops, and great...More

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with out of town guest, and enjoyed racing history. It is a great place to visit with a group, family or self. Good for children and they have many items that keeps their attention and yours. It is a great place for family tour,...More

Thank Victoriastravels56
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here in the morning before a race day. We walked through the history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. My wife got to try on some Derby hats. We enjoyed the circular video presentation. We really liked the tour guided walk through...More

Thank wetravelalot007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not a horse person in any way but it was a cool tour and museum to go to. Great tour guides but a very busy place.

Thank Justin H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a bucket list must! The film and exhibits make you feel a part of cultural history!!!

Thank jillsmith2017
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29 July 2017|
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Response from lenglish2016 | Property representative |
The Museum is very casual! If you join in the historic walking tour (included with general admission) or add on one of our additional tours there is a lot of walking--and much of it on cobblestone/paver areas of the... More
Rhonda K
19 March 2017|
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Response from lenglish2016 | Property representative |
Hi! You could spend the whole day with us or plan just a few hours! It's easy to customize your visit with us, depending on adding specialty tour. Check out our website for more.
Robyn S
9 March 2017|
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Response from Brandon Cliffor S | Reviewed this property |
Check the website. The museum is open year round but the horse races don't start until April 1st.