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Kentucky Derby Museum

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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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Unique and interesting museum

Went with my husband and two boys. We all enjoyed the museum and the tour of the track and stable areas. The display of derby hats was memorable and there were a couple of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Went with my husband and two boys. We all enjoyed the museum and the tour of the track and stable areas. The display of derby hats was memorable and there were a couple of interactive displays and a movie about the history of the Downs. Took about an hour and a half.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

What a fun place to visit!!! We were here for the National History Bee and due to my son's interest in history, we decided to spend our day off here. It was really a treat! We arrived at 11:30am and left around 4pm. The museum was interactive, the historical walking tour was very fascinating as we had the opportunity to... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Visited it in May, 2010. Beautiful site! Very nice tour and I agree with other reviewers that the video is breathtaking! Kentucky Derby itself (in 1995) was a blast as well! :-)

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great museum to understand how great the Kentucky Derby is and what it means to win it. Also with some interactive exhibits for kids (or adults). Worth the price of admission, no doubt.

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Was very excited to see and learn about the history of the Kentucky Derby. Loved seeing all the photos of the horses and beautiful scenery. Staff was wonderful with answering our questions.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The video is breathtaking and very moving!! The Museum is the best place to take out-of-towners to get a feel for the beauty of our wonderful city and state. A great lunch in the Cafe topped off a fabulous morning.

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Leitchfield, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place. Anyone that loves boxing, this is a must see. Going to an outside wedding there at end of the month.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Kentucky Derby museum is great for adults and older children. I took a 6 & 7 year old and they had a blast but I think they may have been a little young. It is very interactive and interesting whether you are into Thoroughbred horses or not! You may enjoy the Derby attire but you will definitely be fascinated... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Anytime visitors come to Louisville we take them to the Derby Museum. The museum is a Louisville treasure. Everything you want to know about horse racing and the Kentucky Derby is there with interactive displays and guided tours. It is a fun time and we never tire of going there.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Really gets you in the mood for all the Derby festivities in an educational and entertaining way. Very family friendly.

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