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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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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A true taste of the Derby

I always take visitors to the city to the Derby Museum if they are horse fans or not. The quality of the museum is extraordinary high and the 360 degree A/V presentation is worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I always take visitors to the city to the Derby Museum if they are horse fans or not. The quality of the museum is extraordinary high and the 360 degree A/V presentation is worth in the trip if that was all there was. The last visit was really spectacular as we got a tour of the backside which offers a... More 

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Victoria, BC Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Lots to view in the museum, from Derby Attire down to horse shoes! Great theatre to view history of the horses and the racing at Churchill Downs. Lots of stats on the jockeys, owners and horses. Wonderful memorabilia of trophies and pictures through the history of Churchill Downs showing the races and their famous visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The way they make it seeing both the jockeys and horses they rode are incredible. I loved seeing parts of history and the track were the Kentucky derby is on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My 4 year old and I spent time in the museum. It is very interactive and age enjoyed it very much. We also took the walking tour. I recommend watching the movie before the tour. It has an awesome 360 degree screen. Overall great your. Or your guide was very knowledgeable! Everyone was friendly.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The museum was full of history, loved the displays. The gift shop was nice but a little pricey. Our group enjoyed reading about the history of races, and had a lot of fun trying on the beautiful, big hats!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Sadly, we missed the racing season by, but weeks - Nonetheless, it was HUGE GREAT FUN to go through the Derby Museum! I must admit, one of the highlights of fun, for me, was sitting astride a model racehorse, and taking a photo of my big break from the "starting gate"! There's so much history to Churchill Downs - Everywhere,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Churchill Downs is an important element of Louiville's community personality. The Derby Museum does a wonderful job of explaining this to adults and children alike. The history of the Derby is well chronicled and its importance to the community fun to examine. The museum has physical rides that allow children to explore aspects of horse racing that will educate and... More 

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

what a treat to visit the KDM! Multimedia exhibits designed to appeal to anyone who loves horses, horse racing or those special two minutes in May! Fun for the whole family.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited with grown children and teenage grandsons. There was something for everyone. The outside tour took us thru the grounds and right up to the rail and winners circle. Inside were lots of interactive exhibits and interesting displays both past and current. It was fun to call a race and then play back for everyone to hear. Not an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I can't say I loved it. I was much more impressed with Church Hill Downs outside areas (the track, stables, etc). This, to me, was more geared toward Derby Fashion than anything else. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't what I was looking for.

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Additional Information about Kentucky Derby Museum

Address: Address: 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: 502-637-7097
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > South Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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