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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
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11:00 - 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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US$ 15.00*
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Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission
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Great museum if you like horses

This museum is on the grounds of Churchill Downs and walks you through the races. You can look up past races and watch the entire event, see up close what the gates look like that... read more

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Louisville, Kentucky
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10 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is on the grounds of Churchill Downs and walks you through the races. You can look up past races and watch the entire event, see up close what the gates look like that are used for the start of the race, you can even ride a simulated race, see all sorts of silks, saddles and other items used... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

As the oldest, continuous sporting event in the US, the Kentucky Derby is an experience that even if you can't be there for the race, you can appreciate by going to the museum. The 360 degree movie is both exciting and educational for anyone who has never been to a race track or behind the scenes in the stables. Seeing... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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I loved the horse racing interactives. The display of racing silks and derby hats were also interesting.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not worth it for any price. Poor communication and the grounds and facilities are so dirty and "unkept". We did the barn and backside van tour. The van was hot and very dirty and you pretty much can't see anything out of the tiny windows. Not to mention they crammed 15 people into a small van. We paid for admission... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of interesting memorabilia. You have to experience the 360 degree movie (30 minutes). It was extremely moving!

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

Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed the movie! More 

Puyallup, Washington
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

was a cool museum. I mainly went just to set foot inside the track. Felt like an honor. The 360 degree theater was very cool too. I wish the American Pharoah stuff was up when I was there.

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

Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed the movie! We do have a permanent American Pharoah exhibit up, but unfortunately the larger temp exhibit isn't installed anymore. More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see! Even if you are not a horse or race fan. Walking out onto the track and actually seeing the grounds, wow! The movie was awesome, 360 degrees. The museum well done. Makes us want to attend this amazing race day!!

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

Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed the movie! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I just moved to the area so I stopped in when their wasn't any racing going on so it was perfect. Just to be there where the big races are held is exciting. It's worth the trip. It's near Central station, University of Louisville and the Cardinal Stadium, Speed Museum so their is a lot to see.

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

Thanks for the review :) More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went into the museum after having lunch. They is a lot of information through the museum. There were different spots were you could take pictures. The had hats, clothes, goggles. There were many areas that you could get on different horses and pretend to be riding. I think it was geared for children but we 50-60 year old had... More 

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

Glad you all had a great visit! More 

huntington beach
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Like other reviewers said, the movie in this museum is really cool. We also enjoyed the area where you can pretend to bet on horse races and follow actual real races that happened in the past and cheer on your bets. They also took us on a short tour of the Kentucky Derby grounds where they showed us the track,... More 

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Thanks for the review :) More 

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