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Kentucky Derby Museum

704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208 (South Side)
502-637-7097
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Ranked #3 of 78 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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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I purchased the "trifecta" tour package for about $30 each. It was worth every cent. We started our morning at 7:00 am with a back of the track barn tour with Barry. Only one other couple joined us. After taking a van to the back of the track , hearing lots of interesting facts and gaining a... More

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ATLANTIC BEACH
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What a great tour. Really enjoyed a visit to the track. Great exhibit,s, history . The tour guide was really great , funny knowledgeable and wears a mic so all can hear. I would recommend this.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. Adult admission is $14.00. This admission is for the museum, a movie and a thirty minute track tour. More in depth tours can be purchased separately. The museum contains many exhibits starting off with the beautiful hats. Some of the exhibits were interactive. You can place your pretend bets, watch the race... More

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Louisville, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our visit to the Derby Museum was a quick early afternoon trip. We live in Louisville and had free passes. My two boys (2 and 4) enjoyed some of the exhibits and it was fun to hear them call a race in the sound booth. But, I wouldn't suggest that it is good for younger children. I , however, did... More

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Binghamton, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was the highlight of my whole vacation in Kentucky! The building was so beautiful, the museum was so informative, I got to see so much Secretariat memorabilia, it was heaven for me! Even for the non race enthusiast its still very interesting because of the history of the Derby. I loved the movie we got to see and the... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

so maybe I missed some of the finer points of the exhibits here. I do enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby every year, but that's about the extent I knew about horse racing coming in, and as I found out, all I really care to know. My wife enjoyed the collection of Derby hats and my son got some enjoyment out... More

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Pawnee, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed learning about the history of the derby! We really liked the short tour of Churchill Downs. We arrived late in the day so we could not take advantage of the other tours (additional cost). If we are in the area again, I would definitely take the additional tours offered.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Take the tours to learn the most about Churchill downs and Thoroughbred history. The museum is a simplified fare designed mostly for kids.

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Rego Park, New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
66 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I think most people would enjoy this museum, even if they don't like horses or care much about the Kentucky Derby. The guided tour was interesting, as it added context to the exhibits in the museum. The tour takes you through the grandstand of Churchill Downs, and the guide explains the subtle and not so subtle realitites of the great... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I liked everything about it and cannot think one of thing I did not enjoy. The museum has areas dedicated to the most famous of winners, the jockeys, the history, the famous hats, and even has areas where you can go back and watch derbys from the past. The admission fee is reasonable, about $14 a person for an adult... More

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