Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Derby Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 tour provider for the track, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. 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, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express and much more!
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  • billd452
    Tall Timbers, Maryland49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the Museum and Tour Combo
    You can't go to Louisville without stopping here. This is a great display of the history of the Kentucky Derby with a great video, and interactive/static displays. There is a good cafe on site for lunch. Tour the track as well
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • CTMans
    Ridgefield, Connecticut1,449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Horse Racing History at its Best
    If you enjoy horse racing, the Derby Museum is for you. It is not overwhelming, but it provides plenty of opportunity to relive some of the greatest moments in racing history. A simple tour also includes a chance to enjoy the top of the stretch trackside and there is a small bar and cafe for refreshments. Parking is free.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Bonnie S
    Auburndale, Florida12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Churchill Downs Back Barn Tour!!!!
    This was my favorite part of our trip to Kentucky. I'd always wanted to go to Churchill Downs! There was only us and one other couple on the tour ~ private tour as far as we were concerned. It was so much fun seeing that part of Churchill Downs. The tour guide was amazing (I didn't write his name down, but he was phenominal!) The museum was just as interesting! I would go back again in a heart beat!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • CRAIG C
    Utah360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Racing Museum
    Even if you don’t like horse racing, you will enjoy this place. There is plenty of trivia and history within the museum. Plus there is a great movie and even a place where you can pretend you are betting on the ponies in different races. At the end of the movie, they walked us out to Churchhill Downs racetrack. Just as we arrived aT the track, the first race of the day started and they went right in front of us.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 September 2023
  • john c
    Nashville, Tennessee73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Bet!
    We drove out to Churchill Downs and walked in to buy tickets for the tour. There was plenty of parking but it was a walk to the museum entrance. Since we did not book tour tickets ahead we had to wait about an hour. But in the meantime we could go through the museum. The museum was very interesting and well laid out. A lot of Churchill Downs racing history information but there were some hands on activities that our grandkids liked (8-1/2 and 6). The guy who sold us our tickets also was going to be our tour guide. He told us to watch the movie and he would be there to take us out on the tour. The movie was excellent and was presented in the round. We all sat on bar stools that we could turn and watch the movie move across the screen. A really unique way of watching a movie. The tour guide started by taking the group (around 40 people) to various places on the grounds. He was very interesting and gave out a lot of good facts. Some people had trouble hearing him (he carried a potable mic) but we had no problem. He was very good at answering questions. There was some walking involved but very few steps. There is an incline that takes you out to the bleachers and the track. This is where the tour guide spent most of the time so you could sit. After the tour the guide directed us to an area where you could get close (but not touch) a horse. Tour itself lasted about an hour. You could go back through the museum if you want. There was an exhibit on the second floor of the museum dedicated exclusively to Secretariat but we did not go up there. I highly recommend this tour. The grandkids really liked it. We were all familiar with Churchill Downs but had never been there. But you need to check if there is any racing the day you want to go as the tour may be shortened or changed. There are other tours but we opted for the basic tour.
    John, we're so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Thanks so much for giving such a detailed account of your experience! We hope you and the grandkids come back to see us again!
    Written 27 October 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 October 2023
  • greglinmon
    Las Cruces, New Mexico935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny
    A great site, well done. Tons of history The tour plus museum is worth the upgrade. Right down by track.. the movie is outstanding. The tour guide knew everything. No question stumped him
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 20 October 2023
  • lenzirn15
    Fort Mitchell, Kentucky42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved it!
    My husband and I had a great time learning about the history of the derby as well as touring the facility. Our tour guide, Max, was very knowledgeable; the museum had many interesting artifacts to explore; and the track itself was beautiful! I would definitely recommend stopping by, and we will certainly return with our son when he is a little older (he is currently 2 with the attention span of a gnat).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
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Genea L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most wonderful time and checked a box off the bucket list for my whole family. Youngest is 8 oldest was 67 in our group of 7. We had an incredible time that we well remember till the end of time. Beautiful displays. Kid friendly places to ride mechanical houses and weigh scales were fun. Scavenger hunt as well. Fun for all ages. Loved the surprise race!! Totally recommend
Written 20 May 2024
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Kenzie W
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a really cool and fun experience, the track was really fun to see, the weather was nice when we went. Definitely recommend!
Written 14 May 2024
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Carla F
Saint Cloud, MN63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience. Enjoyed the video before the tour started. Loved the second floor of info on Secretariat. Kids aged 20 and 11 enjoyed it
Written 13 May 2024
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bruce c
Seminole, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
1st time visiting and it was amazing
The tour guide was very knowledgeable
About the history and facts of the Derby
A must see and very reasonably priced tickets
Written 9 May 2024
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We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit!!
Written 16 May 2024
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Happiness777054
Los Angeles, CA216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
So well done! But we didnt get to tour the track as it was a mess after the derby. several floors of exhibits and the movie was great!
Written 8 May 2024
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Bob
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Tour was informative and provided a good look at the track itself and the grandstand. The museum was very well laid out and especially enjoyed the second floor and the displays there.
Written 2 May 2024
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christienrandy
Soddy Daisy, TN319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am so glad we were able to stop by and see a little piece of history! Everyone was so friendly and loved sharing information about the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. The museum has a few fun interactive experiences where you can ride horses in a race on the screen and actually place a bet and watch a video to see if you win. The movie was amazing! The room has spinning seats in the middle and the movie projects in different areas of the room so you spin around and watch different sides. The whole room then turns into a race track at the top. The movie is emotional and educational. We then went out to tour the track and take pictures. It was so neat to see in person and the energy was big this weekend because it is the weekend before the derby! So much fun and I highly recommend.
Written 28 April 2024
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Soraya Reyes
Cedar Rapids, IA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The staff were wonderful! However I don’t recommend using TA to book your tickets. I was charged $32 dollars a person for general admission when I could have bought tickets at the door for $18.
Written 27 April 2024
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lkdb2016
Charlotte, NC41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We combined the museum visit with a tour of the grounds and would definitely do both again next time we are in Louisville. We wish we had allowed more time to visit the museum because there is a lot to see. Worth your time.
Written 26 April 2024
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newyorknick
Edmond, OK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Guided Tour of Churchill Downs was great, museum has many interesting exhibits detailing the history of the Derby and the horses and jockeys and the fashions. Derby Cafe was also a good lunch option.
Written 22 April 2024
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