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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 #3 of 59 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We had a blast. We got a tour of the grounds, enjoyed a delicious meal, had their official bugler play for us and got to enjoy some horse betting. It was a great time. I knew nothing really about the Kentucky Derby going in and know cannot wait to return.

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The museum will bring you memories you never thought you had as the quality is quite good and watching the Great Race in a surround is an audio/visual experience you will tell all your friends about...

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Watched the 360 degree movie. Got to be the jockey and raced horses with my friends interactively. Got to bet with funny money on a virtual race. Prizes were awarded. Very fun experience. Big shout out to #mintjuleptours for shuttling us around.

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Dayton, Ohio
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204 reviews 204 reviews
23 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here with a friend and her niece (who is 8). We all enjoyed ourselves much more than I thought. The staff were friendly and there are some hands-on exhibits that the 8-year old loved. Not too pricey and a great way to spend an hour or so. Admission includes a brief tour of the Churchill Downs grounds.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

While we are not horse lovers or race fans, we were very pleasantly surprised. We found the museum very interesting and ended up spending about 3 hours at the museum. We learned a great deal about the Downs, the Derby, the sport of horse racing and quarter horse breeding & racing. The attendants and guides were friendly and knowledgeable. I... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Another great place for visitors to our beautiful city. Lots of history and a beautiful facilty. Be there Derby week!

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hershey pa
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120 reviews 120 reviews
35 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Really fun interactive musuem! Loved the movie, great history! The tour was okay, the young guy was informative but almost gave you a feeling that he was doing us a favor. All in all well worth it all

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Arthur, Illinois
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My first impression of Churchhill Downs as seen on a walking tour via Museum admission was how huge the place is!!!! Looks much smaller when watching the Derby!! Great walking tour even though it was very cold as our guide was very informative and entertaining. The museum is full of Derby artifacts and great information about horses and horse racing.... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you like hands-on attractions and horses, this is the place. Part of admission is a tour of the track and paddock. My husband was the only one of us who braved the cold to see this. He said it was an exceptional tour due to the knowledgeble and humorous tour guide. My daughter and I played all the games... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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278 reviews 278 reviews
76 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The musem had a flood a few years back and underwent a renovation. It is very nice. This is a great place for a wedding or rehersal dinner. The museum will work with you and help you plan the perfect event. You do need to use their catering service and...it is really good! It is fun to take your out... More 

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