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Kentucky Derby Museum

704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208 (South Side)
502-637-7097
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Ranked #2 of 81 Attractions in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Brunswick, Md.
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It was just the right amount of time to spend in the area. Very nice and knowledgable people who work there. The short 18-minute video was done very nicely! Absolutely a must!

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South Bend, Indiana
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68 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Churchill Downs was on my Bucket List of places I wanted to see. Since I have a young daughter and we were on a weekend road trip, going to the races wasn't in the cards. The Kentucky Derby Museum is the best way to see the whole track. First, we did the Barn and Backside Tour in a van. They... More

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Iowa
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103 reviews 103 reviews
7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We took the tour of Churchill Downs as well as the museum.Very informative and the guide on the track tour was great. Well worth the money.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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243 reviews 243 reviews
69 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you are a lover of the horse racing sport or just an equestrian lover, this is the destination for you! Just the history of these beautiful and majestic animals will mesmerize even those who are not. The history in itself will intrigue anyone. I perused for quite some time and highly suggest the guided tour. This will include the... More

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Bathurst, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the set up of this museum. The outfits and hats are fun to look at. I loved the place where you could pretend to put in a bet on the horses and then see if you 'won'. I should have placed a real bet, because I won all three in my 'fake' race. So much information here... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Church hill downs is in the heart of Louisville. The museum you start with a movie and then get to walk through on your own. We also toured Churchhill Downs which was a guided tour with a very knowledgeable person been going there for 50 years. He knew his facts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was really cool to see the museum and hear the history of the Derby. You get to see all the horses who have won over the years. The year my mom was born was when there was a triple crown winner in 1941! That was cool.

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New York City
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4 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great to see the historical grounds in person. If you are going to take the tour(s). Make sure you ask the times and sequences otherwise you may be standing around.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

We went to the Kentucky Derby museum on site at Churchill Downs and enjoyed every moment of it. We spent around 3 hours on site including lunch in their cafe. We started with an informative 360 panoramic view - video of the history of the races and the track. It is amazing to learn that they get up to 160,000... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Super place to host a reception. The staff was warm, friendly, and funny. The museum was beautiful and offered great information. A great way to get the feel of the Derby when the races are not going on.

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