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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone Number: 15026371111
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day! Kentucky Derby Museum,...

Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day! Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky has a commitment to engage, educate, and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby. When you visit the 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 Racetrack offering tours 7 days a week. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, "The Greatest Race," a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that'll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, a chance to meet our resident Thoroughbred and miniature horse, access to the Finish Line Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafè and much more!

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What a pleasant surprise!

We were in Louisville and felt we should probably go here since it's what Louisville is famous for. My family isn't a huge horse race fan, so honestly I thought I would be bored... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in Louisville and felt we should probably go here since it's what Louisville is famous for. My family isn't a huge horse race fan, so honestly I thought I would be bored. I was wrong!!! My husband, 5 year old and two year old twins as well as myself, has an awesome visit! I was surprised how much... More 

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Prospect, Ky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you come to Louisville, KY you have to go to Churchill Downs...It is Louisville. From the old original part to the newly completed it is totally amazing.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is an up to date exhibit with loads of history and current info. Very interactive. Great for all ages.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome compliment! We are happy you enjoyed visiting us! More 

Hinesville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed spending a rainy day here. We learned so much about the Kentucky Derby and horse racing. The displays were informative and interactive. We are usually not big museum people, but this museum was one of the best.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to see us! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learned a lot! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

THE place for all fans of horseracing and horses. A lot of history to hear and see. Films of historical races. 360 degree film of 2015 Derby and American Pharoah's run to the Triple Crown?

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Thanks for coming to see us and glad you enjoyed it! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum had tons of history and lots of great information. Enjoyed the free walking tour with the museum entrance fee. The movie in museum was great also.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for coming out. More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything was relly cool about this tour. They play a really neat video in a 360-degree theatre. They tour you around the facility in a very basic way which would be my only complaint. I wanted to see more. The downside was we arrived just in time for the last tour so we didn't get a chance to shop or... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Sorry you were disappointed with the access! We are responsible for keeping our groups together when they are on property at Churchill Downs and the end of day time constraint may have made it more challenging to get around! We do offer a Behind the Scenes tour that offers a bit more in-depth tour and gives you another experience beyond... More 

La Grange, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is always something new to learn at the Kentucky Derby Museum. A great place to go with friends or family. Shares the thrill or race with you. Also a good place for business events.

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review! Glad you enjoy visiting us. More 

North Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Kentucky Derby Museum with our two sons age 11 and 13. The museum had something for everyone in our family including a hat display, many interactive activities for the kids, and lots of Derby history. The highlight of the museum is the the Greatest Race video in the 360 theater. The museum admission also includes a 30... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

So glad your family had fun! We love it. Thanks for visiting! More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all, this was the highlight of our entire Kentucky trip. I have watched the Kentucky Derby on TV but had NO idea it was this intense and amazing in person. I've made it a bucket list item to attend the Kentucky Derby. Mind=blown! There were many options on what tours to take, but we opted for buying tickets... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

We are so thrilled you had an amazing experience! It is a one-of-kind thing to witness in person! Thanks for coming to see us. More 

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