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Kentucky Derby Museum

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Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208-1212
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun 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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Kentucky Derby Museum General Admission
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Great museum

Felt like I was the Kentucky derby with all the displays of the hats and outfits worn. Great museum for families.

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Felt like I was the Kentucky derby with all the displays of the hats and outfits worn. Great museum for families.

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Athens, Georgia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was about 15 degrees when we visited, and we still enjoyed it! Lots of Derby hisory, info on horse farms, and some great exhibits. They take you under the grandstand, to the paddock area, and even to the track level. Old race footage is available on many of the displays. A great museum.

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Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I actually enjoyed myself in the KDM more than I thought I would. Even listened to/watched all three American Pharaoh Triple Crown wins. The introductory film-in-the-round (while somewhat difficult to hear and take in) was a good thing to do. Also - a gift shop!

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Yorkshire Uk
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

When our tour guide said we would be here for almost 2 hours I wondered how we would fill the time but there was lots to see. I liked the interactive horse racing and being able to do a commentary on a race then hear yourself on playback. The 360 deg film was good and temhe upstairs display area interesting.... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a wonderful, exciting place. The Derby Museum is a must see. It's quite a thrilling trip down memory lane with their 360 movie of all the past and present winners. We take guests there often because there is much to see and do before or after going to the track!

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Thank dawnksand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great museum about Churchill Down's and the Kentucky Derby. Love the 360 movie. Fun interactive stations my kids enjoy. Plan about 1.5-2 hours. Great to view in conjunction with a tour of Churchill downs.

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is very informative and interesting. We did the free 30 min tour that comes with admission and it is worth it. We had a FABULOUS tour guide (and although she was only 17, she was knowledgeable, informative and excited about the tour). There is a beautiful collection of hats on display and interactive exhibits. Good Photo Op's. Gift... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A local told us that this museum would be open even though it was the off season for racing. We were pleasantly surprised. We learn so much about the sport. A guided tour of the track and grounds was included. As well as a 360degree video about the derby. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed the surprise! Our mission is to celebrate the Kentucky Derby every single day, glad you could take part! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to experience the greatest two minutes in sports if you cannot be at the tract the first Saturday in May. It brings tears to your eyes.

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Thanks for this kind review - brings tears to our eyes too! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An obvious plus for race fans but a wonderful 360 degree video that highlights the charm of Bluegrass country, horses and the emotion that involves Churchill Downs and the Derby 🐎

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Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed! More 

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