Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Kentucky Derby Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Kentucky Derby Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, is the official tour provider of historic Churchill Downs. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive tour provider for the track, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. 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, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express and much more!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $17.44
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Tony C
Pleasanton, CA78 contributions
Very enjoyable visit
Apr 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed the guided tour of Churchill Downs and the museum. The guide was wonderful and the museum and movie are not to be missed if in the Louisville area. Highly recommend it.
Written April 25, 2021
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We're so glad you had a wonderful experience. Thanks for leaving a review and for visiting with us!
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Joanne M
2 contributions
Great experience
Apr 2021 • Couples
Try to book through the Kentucky Derby Museum website. I book through Viator and they gave me a 1:00 pm your time which was non existent. The ticket agent and our tour guide Lura was fabulous. She booked us on an earlier scheduled tour and all was good. Great guide and very gracious.
Would highly recommend visiting this iconic place.
Written April 24, 2021
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We're so glad you had a great experience. Lura is awesome! We have turned off ticket buying through most third-party ticket sites as customers kept running into this issue. We're glad Lura fixed your issue, and that guests can purchase through derbymuseum.org with no worries!
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JGM418
Buffalo, NY61 contributions
A great little museum and tour!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Stopped by to see the museum and take the tour on a Friday. Made sure we had advanced tickets after reading other reviews. We found free parking on a side street a couple blocks over. Staff is very friendly and the exhibits and especially the 30 minute tour were interesting! Enjoyed the panoramic movie too!They follow strict COVID protocols including wearing masks on the outside tour which did not seem to be an issue for anyone. Plan to spend about 2 hours.
Written April 23, 2021
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We're so glad you had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for leaving a review. Glad you purchased tickets in advance. With COVID capacities, our tours fill up quickly!
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Jason G
1 contribution
Behind the scenes tour
Aug 2020 • Family
We did the behind the scenes tour at Churchill Downs. This was the BEST tour I have ever been on. Informative, fun and when you see the penthouse there WOW!!!!! I can’t say enough good things about it. It made dropping my daughter off at college a little less depressing that day.
Written April 22, 2021
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We're so glad you had a wonderful time! Thanks so much for leaving a review, and if you get the blues again about your daughter being away at college, come back and see us!
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jackieelle
4 contributions
Great place at Churchill Downs
Apr 2021
It is getting close to KY Derby time so this is a great time to be in Louisville and get set for the big race. The Museum is great for all ages and not just people that lihe the horses
Written April 18, 2021
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Teakwo23
Dunedin, FL3,708 contributions
And they’re off
Apr 2021 • Couples
Make sure to do the tour that’s included with your ticket price. They take you to the track and show you the horse staging area. Great museum with interactive exhibits.
Written April 17, 2021
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no8of9
Anchorage, Alaska30 contributions
Outstanding Experience
Thee Derby museum is one of the most impressive museums we have ever visited. Very detailed information about the history of the race, fashion, traditions and rituals. The place has everything you need to learn about race horses, breeding and the training that goes into preparing those beautiful creatures for racing. Our guide was very enthusiastic. The movie in the grand room is a must.
Written April 13, 2021
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hgulley
Portsmouth, OH11 contributions
This company is not on schedule!
We took an Uber for the tour and when we were checking in for the it they told us that they were booked and that this company's schedule was not the same as theirs. We did walk around the museum but that was it. Bottom line is this was a disappointing waste of time and money. I recommend scheduling through the Derby museum directly.
Written April 10, 2021
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Michiganmama72
Richmond, MI102 contributions
Well worth the visit but issue with TRIPADVISOR booking
Apr 2021
This booking started off in the wrong foot because of errors due to TRIPADVISOR! Booked a a tour for this museum thru TripAdvisor for an 11;30am tour. Reached the destination only to be told that the museum was already booked for that time and Tripadvisor should not have advertised timed slots for their tours. Manager had to call TripAdvisor directly and find out why they were advertising this option when they were NOT ready to launch that option. Tours were booked solid and they could not accommodate us until 3hrs later which did not work for our schedule. Staff were very nice. Had to rebook for the following day. Well worth the trip back. Very informative and captivating tour. Exhibits were great for all ages. COVID restrictions m/precautions were being followed.
Written April 7, 2021
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Al_n_Suzy_13
Estero, FL267 contributions
Amazing History of Horse Racing
Apr 2021 • Couples
One of the highlights of my trip to Louisville. The employees here are so nice and friendly. The gift shop is fun (bought two hats from last year's Derby on the cheap).

I enjoyed reading the purse amounts for each race.

The Greatest Race in the great hall was spectacular and shouldn't be missed
Written April 4, 2021
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