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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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“kentucky derby” (370 reviews)
“walking tour” (213 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 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 yesterday

A great museum with some neat visual opportunities. Learn more about a famous racing experience! The shop had sine nice horse-themed products.

Thank kc4jox
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours, just walking around and engulfing yourself in horse racing history. From Man-O-War, to Secretariat, to American Pharoah. This is a must do if you are in the Louisville area.

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 4 days ago

I always wanted to see Churchill Downs and the home of the Kentucky Derby and learned early in my trip there that I had to reserve a spot for the tour of the facility and boy am I glad I did. The people providing the...More

Thank CaptDrLarry
Reviewed 5 days ago

Tour guide for a 30-minute tour outside was excellent. Movie was enjoyable. Weather was cold outside, in the off-season, so not much to see. Lots of construction going on. Lunch area was closed.

Thank Ardel M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have not been to a Kentucky Derby but would love to go. We decided to take a tour of Churchill Down and the museum. We enjoyed the tour. Knowing the history of the place and the race is awesome. Definitely go here if you...More

Thank Amos C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I think the element of architecture to which I am referring concerns the spires. I was there in the 1990,s and I think the museum has changed a lot since then. In the nineties, I think the two oval floors contained a cubicle for all...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 6 days ago

You must go here if you are in the area. You have heard about the Kentucky Derby all your life and the museum is the place to visit!

Thank jcman92374
lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We agree! Thanks for coming out to see us. We love when locals play hometown tourist!

Reviewed 6 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. It took me back to the original Kentucky Derby races years ago. The surround screen viewing an actual race with sights and sounds was really cool. It is a must see if you visit Louisville,...More

Thank BJ903
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the museum and walking tour. We choose the hour and half longer tour that included millonare row. Very interesting. Parking in under construction and you have to ride a shuttel. Directions with map online. Runs all day and was easy to ride.

Thank TKDDallas
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see for anyone visiting Louisville. The grounds are great, the museum interactive, the opening film a wonderful introduction to the Derby experience. We enjoyed the tour of the grounds that took us to the stables and training areas.

Thank U1568UAjeffreym
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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
18 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
8 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.