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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 yesterday

I opted for the behind the scenes tour of the stables and it was awesome. My guide was knowledgeable and funny. It's an amazing world behind the track that's worth learning about. I did the walking tour as well and it was cool. I wish...More

Thank Princerman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The museum is small but informative. It provides a great feel for the Derby and for the Track. We took tour which was ok but lasted about 1/2 hour. There is an area behind the museum with two horses, a stud to several derby winners...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything you ever wanted to know about horse racing! Includes detailed exhibits regarding the races themselves, the jocs, the horses, traditions, etc., etc.

Thank CMKnecht
Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum and the tour were awesome. We started out sitting in our own box seats for the first race of the day. We were then picked up by Tanner our tour guide who gave us a tour of the "Twin Spires" area including the...More

Thank jlewitzke
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Martin our guide was great. We toured the entire property including places you wouldn't expect to have access to. We learned a lot about what goes into horse racing and the Derby. Lunch was provided at the back lot kitchen and full access to the...More

Thank rappaone
Reviewed 5 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
lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the great feedback!

Reviewed 5 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
lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are sorry to hear you did not fully enjoy your tour. We appreciate the feedback you have provided and will work to ensure this issue is addressed. Again, we apologize you were less than satisfied.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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

Thanks for visiting! We appreciate the feedback.

Reviewed 1 week 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
lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback! Our walking tour is designed to give you an overview of the track and give you a sense of it history. We do offer more in-depth tours to spend more time in its different areas because it is such a large...More

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

Thanks for the feedback!

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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.