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Kentucky Derby Museum

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704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
+1 502-637-1111
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
South Side
+1 502-637-1111
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a great visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. The $15 entrance fee was very reasonable and includes a 30 minute of Churchill Downs. You can add on an additional four for an extra cost, but I did not do this. The 360 video...More

Thank Jenn G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice museum but in combination with a Behind The Scenes Tour is a great experience. There is a small gift shop with various gifts & mint julep ingredients to purchase. Worth a trip if you take one of the tours. The short...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the museum after touring the race track. The museum has displays of all the jockeys, famous hats that were worn, and of course, all the horses that have won the races. I would highly recommend going to this is you are in...More

Thank DannyWasserman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can’t miss this place. The 360 show is awesome The staff is was friendly and helpful. The history and heritage of the Derby is revealed !

Thank orange717
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of Louisville's finest places to visit, in season or off. There is so much fun watching the races and people of all sorts have genuine fun. I see so in fall of next year they will an addition to the company out...More

Thank Sherricia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found the museum to be a chaotic jumble of this and that--I wish there were some kind of historic or narrative thread to follow as you walked through it. Rather, it's a garish mishmash, unfortunately. Also, we timed our visit to see the museum,...More

lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're sorry to hear you didn't have a first-rate experience. We apologize for that! Thank you for your honest feedback. We will be addressing the issues you dealt with!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a horse race lover I knew I had to visit here to learn more about the industry.I was in for a treat! This museum is open seven days a week and features various exhibitions & tours;I chose the walking tour and the "Greatest Race"...More

Thank boemiana
lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks! You can learn about visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum at DerbyMuseum.org

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was a huge disappointment. It is stuck in the last century technology and experience-wise. There is very little interactive material, it is mostly information you need to read. The museum is also very small for $15 a person. I don't know, maybe we...More

Thank elena s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to learn about the KY Derby and enjoy the horses. Great experience with race in surrounding movie gives you the feel on riding on the track

Thank Roger N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family spent a chilly winter day looking at the exhibits, shopping and dining. Our favorite was the video presentation highlighting Derby Day. After looking around, it's easy to understand the passion for horse racing that many people have. A tour of the track was...More

Thank Susan E
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29 July 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
Rhonda K
19 March 2017|
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Response from lenglish2016 | Property representative |
Hi! You could spend the whole day with us or plan just a few hours! It's easy to customize your visit with us, depending on adding specialty tour. Check out our website for more.
Robyn S
9 March 2017|
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Response from Brandon Cliffor S | Reviewed this property |
Check the website. The museum is open year round but the horse races don't start until April 1st.