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The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, is the official tour provider of historic Churchill Downs. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive...more
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It was a freezing cold day when we visited Louisville so we looked for indoor activities. The visitors center told us about this museum. It is a very informative, interactive, well organized museum that left me itching to go to the Kentucky Derby! My sons...More
We took the basic tour, which was interesting. One sees a view of the track from the seats and one also see some of the paddock and fancy seats. We also took the behind the scenes tour to the back of the park and all...More
Having never even been to a racetrack, we didn't know what to expect. But the museum provides an excellent context of the history of Churchill Downs with some exceptional memorabilia. Awesome and inspiring video. Our guided tour was excellent and we even caught a race....More
Starts with a guided tour of the building and grounds but the best part is wandering around inside the museum and watching the short surround movie. We did not allocate enough time in our schedule to appreciate all that the museum offers and so we...More
Watched every race trackside and walked a few 100 feet to watch the saddle up and horses going to the track. I loved being so close and took many pics of jockeys, horses etc. Betting was easy, quick and there's a ton of info if...More
This was my first visit to Louisville and I had such a great time, everyone I met there was friendly and happy to be there. We had an evening reception at the museum and it was so well organized and we had a great time....More
If you are coming through Louisville and have never beem to the backside of this remarkable facility, yes, by all means, take the backside tour. And, go as early as possible as you may get a chance to see some of the... More
If you are coming through Louisville and have never beem to the backside of this remarkable facility, yes, by all means, take the backside tour. And, go as early as possible as you may get a chance to see some of the Thoroughbreds working that day. I am sure they will take you to the barn area of Bob Baffert where you may view the many signs showing past feats of his horses. West Coast, one of his excellent older Thoroughbreds is already on the grounds in anticipation of a race on Stephen Foster Fay and you may see him getting a bath or working.They may be getting smaller with each addition to Churchill Downs, but one of the most awesome sights of this legendary racetrack are the Twin Spires, be sure to tke a few snapshots from the backside. They are filled with the histry of this famous racetrack.
Be sure to try some of the question games to test your knowledge of the sport and don't be embarrassed to try a ride on horses inside the museum that give yu the feeling of being in a race.
And, if you have time, not affiliated with the museum but a museum in itself, go across the street from the infield sign and visit Wagner's Pharmacy. Look at all the pinning jockey used to dine on the vegetable soup there. It is home cooking and a local hangout. p hotos on the walls; this has been seen in several movies such as "Seabiscuit" and I believe "Secretariat". If you have time, grab a bite to eat. Calvin Borel, three time Derby w
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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
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 racetrack, so good walking shoes are a must! The dress code is mainly for visiting Churchill Downs in certain clubhouses and other areas on live racing days.