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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
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08:00 - 17:00
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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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Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission
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What a wonderful, exciting place. The Derby Museum is a must see. It's quite a thrilling trip down memory lane with their 360 movie of all the past and present winners. We take... read more

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful, exciting place. The Derby Museum is a must see. It's quite a thrilling trip down memory lane with their 360 movie of all the past and present winners. We take guests there often because there is much to see and do before or after going to the track!

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great museum about Churchill Down's and the Kentucky Derby. Love the 360 movie. Fun interactive stations my kids enjoy. Plan about 1.5-2 hours. Great to view in conjunction with a tour of Churchill downs.

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is very informative and interesting. We did the free 30 min tour that comes with admission and it is worth it. We had a FABULOUS tour guide (and although she was only 17, she was knowledgeable, informative and excited about the tour). There is a beautiful collection of hats on display and interactive exhibits. Good Photo Op's. Gift... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A local told us that this museum would be open even though it was the off season for racing. We were pleasantly surprised. We learn so much about the sport. A guided tour of the track and grounds was included. As well as a 360degree video about the derby. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed the surprise! Our mission is to celebrate the Kentucky Derby every single day, glad you could take part! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great way to experience the greatest two minutes in sports if you cannot be at the tract the first Saturday in May. It brings tears to your eyes.

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

Thanks for this kind review - brings tears to our eyes too! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An obvious plus for race fans but a wonderful 360 degree video that highlights the charm of Bluegrass country, horses and the emotion that involves Churchill Downs and the Derby 🐎

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

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed! More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great movie preceding seeing the museum. A one-of-a-kind film that wraps around you. We didn't have much time here, but a must-see would be the Derby hat display, the model of the horse with the roses, and even of special interest was the horseshoe collection. There is an area where you can sit on a model horse in front of... More 

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

Thanks for the great and glowing review - glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Ontario
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the Museum tour and the walking tour on our trip to Louisville. We the stayed for about 4 races. Our guide was very, very good. The movie that is shown at the end of the tour is very interesting and I would recommend people stay for it. The museum had a lot of fun interactive things to do.

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

We take pride in our top-notch guides, glad you agree! More 

Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Kentucky Derby is the horse race of the year. It has been run for over 140 years featuring the greatest horses in history. By visiting the museum you can reach into the past and begin to understand racing. The museum includes a tour of Churchill Downs, which alone is reason to visit.

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

Thanks for the great and glowing review - glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Kansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

With only one "full" day to spend in Louisville, my family and I did the Churchill museum, barn and backside van tour and stayed for the first two races. The staff at the museum were just fantastic and perhaps the friendliest group of people we met during our trip. I was amazed walking around the exhibits. We were easily entertained... More 

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

Barry is one of the best, glad you got to experience what he shares with us every single day! Come back soon! More 

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