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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: 502-637-7097
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Description: When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed...
When you visit the Kentucky Derby 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 offering tours 7 days a week. We can’t wait to say "Welcome!" Come join in the fun!
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From Start to Finish

From start to finish, your visit to the KD Museum will be a delightful experience. There is so much to see and do that you need to set aside about 3 hours to even do it justice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

From start to finish, your visit to the KD Museum will be a delightful experience. There is so much to see and do that you need to set aside about 3 hours to even do it justice. Filled with history, information and colorful exhibits, there is something for all ages. I watched many groups of kids having a blast. There... More 

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Eaton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

So a friend and I stopped in and checked out the museum and took the guided tour. I have never really been into horse racing but my friend wanted to check it out. The museum itself was alright, you get to see some outfits the jockeys wear, etc. The tour on the other hand really isn't worth it, all it... More 

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My kids and i did the self guided tour and the barn and backside tour. Definitely worth the money .I like the collection of artifacts and information to give a history of Churchill Downs and the Derby. The Barn and Backside tour was very informative and we got to see what happens behind the scenes with the horses. We even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I loved the tour, walking under all the names of the Derby winners, walking out in the stands, and finishing the tour in the Derby Museum. It was fun "betting" on old races, wandering through the museum, and finishing in the center room with the movie that completely surrounds the audience.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Fortunately, we were there on the day of their 30th anniversary so admission was only $2.50 per person. The usual price is $14 for adults and if I had to pay that I may have asked for my money back. Because the Derby Museum and Churchill Downs are separate entities, you don't see a lot of Churchill Downs. They take... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We were just there on a Saturday just before 4 pm. We weren't paying attention to what time they closed. They did charge us half price admission but by the time we watched the movie & went on the tour we had only 5 minutes in the museum. Apparently there was a wedding there & so they kicked everyone out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The exhibits were what you would expect here. Well presented. The 20 minute movie was pretty interesting, but lacked some of the excitement expected. The tour of the grounds was nice (included in admission price) and we were able to see a few horses being exercised on the track.

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Elyria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The museum is interesting enough, but kind of limited for the cost. Personnel were friendly, there was construction going on during our visit, so it was hard to hear the tour guide while we were in the stand areas, plus there were areas of the tour closed due to construction, but no discount to allow for these inconveniences. They probably... More 

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Mobile, AL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The museum was full of fun artifacts but a bit small. The staff was extremely helpful and nice. That is always appreciated. The film was fantastic!

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Divernon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

museum is full of the entire history of the derby from the very 1st one until now. great movie shown that explains all of it. very educational and interesting. be sure to pay the extra for the barn and backside tour.

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