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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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Kentucky Derby Museum is huge - there is a LOT there to take in. My younger kids were not thrilled with many of the museum exhibits, but they loved the hands-on ones. Getting to bet on races was super fun for them! :-) The walking tour was very informative, and our tour guide, Stephanie, was great! Definitely take the... More

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Ahmedabad, India
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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We had visited our Friends place in Louisville, and he took us to this special even of Hours Racing held at local Derby on 14th june. We had never been to such a place before. And always thought we would we do in hours Race…! But believe me, when you see the volume of people to attend the event and... More

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Hudsonville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I took my 10 (girl) and 12 (boy) year old kids here while visiting Louisville. Even though we aren't huge racing fans, it was fun to see so much history about the races and Churchill Downs. The 360 degree movie was cool and my kids especially loved the opportunity to pretend bet and then watch races to see how much... More

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Cleveland
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We absolutely enjoyed our trifecta of tours which was reasonably priced for the three of us. So much information passed along by great tour guides. May I recommend that you at the very least take the Backside Barn tour and ask for Ms, Becky as your guide. She has a ton of knowledge about the track and the area. Overall... More

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Kentucky my entire life and been to Louisville a number of times, but had never been to Churchill Downs or the Derby Museum. First, we took a tour of the groundsthat was quite informative and very entertaining. Inside we watched a movie, looked at the exhibits, and did several hands-on activities that give you a little... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was there with a nat'l business assn welcoming event. It was a wonderful venue. Enjoyed touring the grounds and race track. The Museum was so interesting and worked well for a large group cocktail & dinner party. If you enjoy horse racing it's definitely something you would find fun & interesting.

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This should be number one in Louisville. When we moved here for school, we were not race fans, but we visited the museum soon after arriving and grew to enjoy it and the museum. Whenever family and friends travel here, this is the first place we took them. So much interesting history, and interesting for almost all ages. When they... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, but our tour guide was a little boring. The museum was very interesting. A must for racing or horse lovers.

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Columbus, Ohio
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

the museum is fantastic and has so much history and information. Great derby hat display and betting simulation. Don't miss the 360 movie

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neebish
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Lots to see here. Captures the aura and excitement of the event--for instance, the whole 'hat' thing. Good info on the horses, trainers, jockeys. My kids loved it--lots of stuff for them to do--ride a race, practice placing bets, call a race, etc. Not overwhelming. The standard tour of the grounds was good, informative. Recommend the 'backside/barn' tour, as you... More

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