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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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When you visit the Kentucky Derby Museum you will find yourself immersed in...

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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Wonderful Experience at the Museum and the Downs!

So interesting to see and hear the history of this place. Actually saw a very short race as well and played Reindeer Games

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
mintyclean
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So interesting to see and hear the history of this place. Actually saw a very short race as well and played Reindeer Games

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Goshen
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is for adults and children alike. It give you a true sense of the horse racing industry in Kentucky. The short film is a must see-on a 360 degree screen it will leave you wanting more! You will depart the museum filled with the pride that all Kentuckians feel about their heritage......AND add the Kentucky Derby to your... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've lived in Louisville all my life, and invariably - as I did last week - take visitors to see the KY Derby Museum. I'm always enthralled with their interactive exhibits, the ability to select any prior KY Derby and watch the race, and of course the 360 degree theatre...which almost brings tears to my eyes. For visitors to Louisville,... More 

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Thank Denis F
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is so interactive. The new 360 movie was packed with plenty of sound and action, if was like being a part of the movie. The exhibits were from the past to present. One of my personal favorites, was the wall of Hats. Please make sure to tour the entire Museum First and Second floor.

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Thank Beverly J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If your in Louisville you have to stop at Churchill Downs. Just the purr history of the place alone is reason enough to stop. Can't say enough about the feel of the historical significance.

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not a race fan but couldn't visit Louisville and not go to the museum. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Must see the short movie. Great theatre. Makes you feel like your in the middle of the track. Highly recommended for all

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Thank LJJ1060
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Derby Museum after hours for a closing party to a conference. The event was very well run and the catered food was great. The museum was well laid out and fun to navigate. You can browse the exhibits to get a general overview of the race's history and its past champions or read the more detailed stories... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not go to the museum. I'm sure it is great, but my husband and I don't watch the derby nor do we know much about horses. In addition, we had our dog with us so this is a review on the outside premises. We got out, walked around and took a pictures in front of the famous front... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice gift shop with some memorabilia that is Oaks and Derby related. It also sells hats for the derby races. Most items are pricey but there are some shot glasses and such that are more responsible. Living near Pimlico made this a must for me to come see especially after the triple crown this past year.

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is top notch. Any questions that you would have about the Kentucky Derby will be answered here. It is well laid out. The interactive displays are great. The day we were there the walking tour wasn't available due to weather. They did give us a discount on our admission to the museum. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.... More 

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