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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
Phone Number: +1 502-637-1111
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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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At makes the Kentucky Derby come to life!

Nice museum and movie in the round. It was so much fun to see the women's hats and men's suits wore the day of the Derby. Nice displays of historic facts. OH yes ...don't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Woodland, Michigan
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Woodland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice museum and movie in the round. It was so much fun to see the women's hats and men's suits wore the day of the Derby. Nice displays of historic facts. OH yes ...don't forget to stop by the gift shop!

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Bristol, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the tour which was very informative and the displays in the museum are very interesting. Very glad we took the time to visit the museum.

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Sandwich, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This facility is a part of history and the video and tour cannot be enjoyed by all ages. The surrounding are us a bit rough looking so driving, not walking there is a suggestion. If in Louisville, this should be a top priority to see and experience, it is well with your time and the cost.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am from Ky and have been to the Derby many times. I brought a friend from out of state, to the Derby and she requested we go to the museum. Frankly, I thought it was going to be a bore since I was sure I knew what it was all about. How WRONG I was! This attraction is fabulous.... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great little visit, very informative tour guide and very friendly, we got to see everything and get some great pictures.

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Barberton, OH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good movie showing what the day is like on the day of the Kentucky Derby. The preparation, the crowd, the parties, the Race and the celebration by the owners, trainers and others associated with the Derby Winner - the first jewel of the triple crown of thoroughbred horse racing. Lot of displays and artifacts from past winners. But you do... More 

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time with the walking tour and seeing the horses and watching a race! Loved loved loved the movie before the tour

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in to see us! Glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

North Aurora
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an entertaining place to visit. There is a short video presentation on a large circular shaped screen, where you sit in the center of the circle/oval. Then it is followed by a walking tour out to the paddock where you can view the hoses that are preparing to race that day. Of course there is a gift shop... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in to see us! You can get tour info and other details on our website DerbyMuseum.org More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum exceeded my expectations: 360 degree theater showcases Derby Day American Pharaoh exhibit includes all trophies All the old Derby replays readily available Lots of artifacts on display Large, roomy, well laid out. ' Works' tour is primarily a trackside lecture from a knowledgeable employee including refreshments and plenty of time for questions and discussion. Definitely recommend!!

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for the great feedback! More 

Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I took the "golf cart tour" on November, 15, 2016. Becky was our tour guide. What an amazing experience. Becky is a walking encyclopedia about Churchill Downs, horses, and racing. We learned so many interesting facts. Watching the horses doing their morning "work outs" was such a treat. And, oh, those beautiful horses! The "backside" tour" added... More 

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lenglish2016, Public Relations Manager at Kentucky Derby Museum, responded to this review

So thrilled you enjoyed your day with us! The Golf Cart tour is THE way to see the track and horses! Thanks for your input. More 

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