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Kentucky Derby Museum

Address: 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208 (South Side)
Phone Number: 502-637-7097
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Ranked #4 of 60 Attractions in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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!
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Eugene, Oregon
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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Loved the history of the race, see videos of past races, all of the items about the derby and a tour of Churchill Downs !

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New Philadelphia, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best tours and museums we have experienced. Just so full of history and information. The movie is a Must SEE. It sets you up for the day of the race, the before, during and after. Barry, our tour guide of Churchill Downs was great. His love of The Kentucky Derby was evident in his many... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you're a horse lover, this is a no-brainer. Just go. You'll love it. If you are a once a year Kentucky Derby watcher, go. It's a fun and interesting time and may make your annual Derby experience more fun. If you're neither, you may still enjoy it and it may inspire you. I tood the free tour around the... More

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Lake Norman, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We listened to the various displays and learned a lot, wishing that there was that actual race that day, as you feel apart of it all. The video (less than 20 minutes) and walking tour is also worth your time to get the extra information and your time more worth while

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the monitors that showed footage of old races or photos of old winners. There are so many famous names connected to the Derby that it was fun to learn more about the actual horses. The tour was informative and fast paced

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went in May and I had an above exceptional tour except for a man yelling at an adult to get a life and the man was OUR tour guide I don't understand why that was going on with a class field trip in session also I went to the horse (plastic) range and adults were pushing children down demanding... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

See outfits celebrities have worn to the Derby, notes written to jockeys by school kids, the size of Willy Shoemaker's shoes, tour the Downs and see the labels noting all the winners throughout the Derby's history. Lots of interactive stuff too -- mechanical horses to race, jockey silks for kids to try on. A fun activity for all.

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Fairport Harbor, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My Husband and I traveled to Louisville without our daughter. We didn't think the museum would be as great as it was! We expected interactive exihibts based on the information on the website, however WE had a blast and learned so much! You have to take the time to take the tour as well! Everyone we came in contact with... More

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Abilene, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We enjoyed our tour of Churchill Downs and our lunch buffet in the restaurant here. Our tour guide, Em, was knowledgeable and interesting. The museum was interesting as well.

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Rhode Island
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215 reviews 215 reviews
163 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Book early for a fabulous day - even if you aren't a fan of horse racing you will love the experience of visiting Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. We actually booked on line through their website with no difficulty at all. We began our morning by viewing an incredible movie with a 360 degree screen that literally puts... More

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