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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Neighborhood: South Side
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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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Interesting Museum for All

Well worth the trip. Even if you are not a horse race fan, there is a lot here to like. Make sure you take the additional tour of the racecourse. Makes you want to put the next... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Wheaton, Illinois
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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Well worth the trip. Even if you are not a horse race fan, there is a lot here to like. Make sure you take the additional tour of the racecourse. Makes you want to put the next Kentucky Derby on your schedule. Don't pass up the cafe - not your usual meseum grub.

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Branson, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We took our girl scout troop here and the girls loved all the activities there that was offered. We loved seeing the gowns and hats, such class! I loved the movie viewed from all angles. This museum has a lot to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very nice and lots of fun for all ages! Be certain to watch the Derby film in the round and visit the garden behind the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful attraction and the staff are exceptionally good, we visited a year ago and can't wait to return to visit again and hopefully one day to see the derby

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Louisville, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This Museum gives the visitor a true history of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Experience. Because it is on the same grounds as Churchill Downs, you can also take a tour of the track. There is a Spring meet and fall meet at the track, otherwise there are not any horse racing dates. The Museum is also an awesome... More 

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Michigamme, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We come here frequently as it is a unique place and we always have a great experience! We will come back

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Totally entertaining!! Fun for all ages with interactive exhibits that make it enjoyable for everyone !!!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is one of the best experiences in Louisville. The theater in the round gives you the feel of being at the Derby. The displays are interesting and there are many interactive ones. The cafe offers a tasty break and then take the tour of the actual track and the excitement of being where the horses have raced and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in the museum. This was a great addition to our two day visit to the Derby. The museum is so packed with history as well as other fun activities. My wife really enjoyed riding the mechanical horse. Pretty good for a beautiful 72 year old lady. I would highly recommend this attraction.

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stopped here with our 8 yr.old grandson this winter. very interesting. We saw the movie on a 360 degree screen and took the walking tour. We did not eat at the restaurant but the menu looked delicious . However we did make a stop at the gift shop !!!! Great stuff

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