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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: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
South Side
+1 502-637-1111
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum is great. The fashions and hats are so much fun to view. The displays regarding the horses has great information. I knew jockeys were small but it's amazing to see their outfits that are on display. Make sure you take the time to...More

Thank Judy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This tour certainly has the potential to be fabulous, but our tour guide was rigid, devoid of humor and simply uneducated about Churchill Downs or The Kentucky Derby, as well as the many stories that bring this unusual and inspiring place to life. It's expensive--from...More

Thank Greta39604
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great tour of Churchill Downs! The museum displays are informative and very interesting. The movie is inspit

Thank Zacmary
Reviewed 6 days ago

uI have always watched the Kentucky Derby on tv and was excited to actually walk around Churchill Downs. The tour lasted a little over an hour and was full of the history of the races. It does allow you to see the track, but I...More

Thank 4theluvofwine
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great one of a kind place. It is awesome to see all the memories of former winners and participate in the inter-active activities.

Thank barbarajane12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even if you do not really follow horse racing, this is a spot to visit. There are many interesting things to see and learn. The basic ticket comes with a brief tour that gets you to the stands. It is nice. You can also pay...More

Thank shaun r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Allow at least two hours to tour this beautiful museum and be sure to watch the 360 degree Movie in the round. It is so inspiring and educational. You will learn so much about the Kentucky Derby here.

Thank scubamom64
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum does a really nice job covering the Kentucky Derby history. There are exhibits everyone - horses, trainers, jockeys, fans, outfits, etc. They had recording of the various races, they had fake horses where you could races via a video screen, a do it...More

Thank Travelingaroundtheus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well designed museum with interesting exhibits. The admission price includes a walking tour of the Churchill Downs, winner's circle, track. The movie is especially well done. There is a cafeteria on site (did not try) and a gift shop (of course). If you are a...More

Thank ClevelandJP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the free tour and then paid $15 for the walking tour. What a treasure. It is a gorgeous day and it was the perfect combination of inside and out. They have done a great job of bringing the derby to life. My...More

Thank virginia g
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28 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.