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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
Phone Number: 15026371111
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11:00 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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Great History of the Track, Tour More Expensive Than is Worth

The movie was great. The museum had some interesting things in it. The tour of the track - cool, but disappointing. There were 8 of us, and none of us felt we really got the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The movie was great. The museum had some interesting things in it. The tour of the track - cool, but disappointing. There were 8 of us, and none of us felt we really got the value of the ticket from the tour. I think our tour guide was hot, tired, and ready to call it a day, so our tour... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Derby Museum tour while we were at an event at Churchill was the highlight! Knowledgeable volunteers made the tour so interesting with tidbits of past races, the track itself and many other things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We weren't there for horse racing season unfortunately, but were very interested in seeing the history of Churchill Downs. But the museum went way beyond our expectations. Lovely inside, covered so much history of the horse itself, and up to date on exhibits of current winners. The hats and clothes, the real life settings were just wonderful. Loved everything about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we took the golf tour with Martin as our guide-we didn't miss a thing - I think we saw every inch of the race track. visited with many of the workers and Martin explained and showed us many of the everyday duties at the track. Only think I would change is the lunch at the end-either do away with it... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many wonderful stories on the tour and very little known, but interesting facts about former winners. The movie is exciting and moving.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are not necessarily horse racing fans. But my husband does love horses and we've always been a little fascinated by the Kentucky Derby. We spent the morning here; took the tour and spent time in the museum. It was all very fun and interesting. I really liked the interactive exhibits. This was really a well thought out museum. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Ky Derby Museum is a premier attraction that celebrates the KY Derby. There are exhibits that are hands on & many to look at all about the events surrounding the Derby held the first Sat. In May. A highlight is the newly remade in-the-round film about the making of the Derby. It is awesome!! Part of the price of... More 

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

Fascinating museum, you can take all kinds of tours as well. This talks about the history of the race, all the winners, the fashions, so cool. If you take the early morning walking tour you get to watch horse exercise on the track itself, which was amazing! totally worth the time.

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Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the museum. Several interactive activities. A lot of history. Display of some of the hats and dresses worn to past Kentucky Derby races. The 360 degree cinema plays a Derby day from dawn to the finish. The tour was very interesting. You feel like you are experiencing a piece of history. A display of oversized hats are outside... More 

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

A visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum will be not only interesting for all involved but an unique museum experience for all ages. While you are there you should be able to see one of the past winners as well. Also, check out the Cafe on the grounds - it has very good food.

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