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Kentucky Derby Museum

704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-7097
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Kentucky Derby Museum - Louisville, KY
Kentucky Derby Museum - Louisville, KY
Kentucky Derby Museum - Louisville, KY


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This is a must see in Kentucky. Great learning experience for increasing knowledge of Kentucky Horse Racing. Clean, fun filled, staff is friendly and the shop is awesome. Watchin...


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totally awesome 11/15/2007

This is a must see in Kentucky. Great learning experience for increasing knowledge of Kentucky Horse Racing. Clean, fun filled, staff is friendly and the shop is awesome. Watching the videos you feel literally like you are at the track. more

Top Notch 11/30/2005

The museum is a top notch site for learning more about the world of horse racing. Pictures, documents and other memorabilia are available for you to see. A gift shop that is well stocked with many items for sale about Churchill Downs. more

Derby Museum 11/29/2005

This is a fun place to visit. I think it would bore little kids though, but for older ones who enjoy this type of history, it would be a good place to visit. If you're visiting, it's definitely a nice touristy thing to do. You get to see Churchill Downs too which is fun. The admission prices are reasonable. A fun rainy day outing! more

Learn More about a Great Kentucky Museum 11/4/2005

Horse racing and Kentucky are synonymous, so if you're in town you have to check out the Kentucky Derby Museum. It's wonderful to learn more about the history of the "sport of kings." There are tons of exhibits that showcase these beautiful animals, plus their talented jockeys and trainers! I especially enjoy the tour of Churchill Downs. It's such a beautiful place, especially since they've done all the recent renovations. The tour was the first way I experienced the Downs and there's an indescribable feeling watching horses race at the most famous race track in the world with the gorgeous spires right behind you! more

Definitely worth a visit 11/3/2005

I highly recommend this museum to visitors and residents of Louisville. I've been going here since I was a teenager and I really enjoy it. They have many things to do and see and I even got to step onto the track of Churchill Downs, very exciting! I think even those who aren't very 'into' horses would enjoy visiting it. more

Interesting and enjoyable 11/3/2005

We vistited the Derby Museum this past summer and really enjoyed it. It is kind of pricy unless you love horses and the world of racing but well worth the ticket price. The ticket also allows you to view a race from the fence. The museum had many interactive exhibits and featured a 360 degree movie on a huge screen. They did offer AAA discount which was nice. A museum you should definitly visit at least once. more

Kentucky Derby Museum 10/21/2005

Wow, what a neat place to go. You get the history all about the kentucky derby. If you love horses, and you love horse races, this is the place to go! Very nice set up, clean, and friendly staff. Nice for the whold family to go. Very interesting things to read and see. Highly recommend to those just visiting here. Gatta love the horses! more

Derby Museum 9/7/2005

The Kentucky Derby Museum is located right next to Louisville's historic and world known Churchill Downs. The museum is the best known collection, in my opinion, of Derby memorabilia that you can find anywhere. With your tour, you can watch a short film that gives you a better insight of the historical significance of the Derby ( race facts, horses, jockeys, etc.) Once the film is over, you can walk around the museum and actually see a "replica" of a horse. When I went, you could sit on the horse and have someone take your picture if you brought your own camera. Hopefully this has not changed. I also believe that they offer free parking on days that are not race days at the track. more

Museum 6/13/2005

has just been renovated along with Churchill Downs and the only thing this reviewer can say is WOW.. This is a must see or your Things to do in Louisville. Has wonderful momentos from Derby history more


I went to the Kentucky Derby Museum on the day of FFA at the Downs it was so cool watching the Great Race that was awesome. Pros: cheap, good exhibits, food Cons: crowded more

Nicely Done 7/22/2002

You will need an entire day to fully enjoy this tribute to the fastest two minutes in sports. While actually seeing Churchill Downs, and the working class community which surrounds it, can be demistifying, the musuem itself is loaded with all manner of displays and activities which give you the full Derby experience. Make sure you start with viewing the film in the theater in the round, it will give you goose bumps. Then you can relive it several times as you walk around the second floor and look down on the open theater while you're viewing the exhibits. And, Mint Juleps are available in the cafe on site. For added enjoyment, take the backside tour which costs extra. It certainly ranks up there with some of other sports hall of fames around the U.S. more
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  • 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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  • Overview
    If you don't quite understand the mystique of the Kentucky Derby, this superb museum will inform and enlighten you. The museum, renovated in 2000 in a $10 million project,...

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  • Hours:

    M-F 8am - 5pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    South Louisville