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Kentucky Derby Museum

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The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, 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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
South Side
+1 502-637-1111
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When we visited Churchill Downs we went to the museum . They have enlarged to give the visitor a bigger experience. From the starting gates to the wrap around video. What a joy to experience. Must see while at Churchill.

Thank kyderby
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Kentucky Derby Museum offers a panoramic viewing of the history of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby followed bya a walking tour of Churchill Downs. The tour guides are very informative and knowledgeable. A unique experience!

Thank Cynthia E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the around the track golf cart tour and it was worth every penny. Our tour guide Barry was amazing. He explained everything with such detail and such enthusiasm and love.

Thank heleneware
Reviewed 5 days ago

They really did a great job updating the museum. The surround video is fantastic. Very nice booths too. Well worth a visit when you go to Churchill.

Thank Sightsee318323
Reviewed 5 days ago

When on moves through this museum, one heads back in time to experience all that is magical about The Derby. Take your time, read and enjoy, this is well worth a visit

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 6 days ago

I love the whole Kentucky Derby culture but the museum, while interesting, was not as wonderful as I expected. The “surround show” is, in my option, the best feature. If you are visiting Lousville, you really should check it out. It highlights a big part...More

Thank studiompm
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum answers lots of questions about horse racing as well as the life of a horse. The magic of the thoroughbred horse is learned in the various hands-on exhibits. Great exhibit about the jockeys who ride the horses like the wind!

Thank pat m
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was not a planned visit, happened to be on a business and side trip to this location. Lots of history, parking is free. About 5 mins walk to the museum. $15 admission fee for a short 10mins movie and a walking tour. Surprisingly informative, they...More

Thank Run_ar0und
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to the Derby Muesum many times, and went this time to see the new wing that just opened. There are excellent new exhibits on Bill Shoemaker and D Wayne Lukas. The rest of the museum is excellent as always, with many interactive exhibits....More

Thank KiteGirl78
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Louisville for a conference and the closing ceremony was held in the Kentucky Derby Museum. The display of hats and outfits were impressive even if some were crazy looking. I loved the video they showed that went 360 degree around. I would...More

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Donna S
September 12, 2018|
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Response from lenglish2016 | Property representative |
The spring meet doesn't open until April. You can check Churchill Downs' website for race dates!
Bob S
May 6, 2018|
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Response from Jerry L | Reviewed this property |
If you are coming through Louisville and have never beem to the backside of this remarkable facility, yes, by all means, take the backside tour. And, go as early as possible as you may get a chance to see some of the... More
July 28, 2017|
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Response from lenglish2016 | Property representative |
The Museum is very casual! If you join in the historic walking tour (included with general admission) or add on one of our additional tours there is a lot of walking--and much of it on cobblestone/paver areas of the... More