Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum
Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum
Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum
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Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., adjacent to Gate 1 at Churchill Downs, showcases the thoroughbred industry and the Kentucky Derby. Two floors of hats, fashion, racing artifacts and interactive exhibits share the tradition and exhilaration of Derby Day. A 360-degree high-definition film of “The Greatest Race” narrates the life of a Thoroughbred, from foal to Derby champion, while owners, trainers and jockeys relive their Derby moments in “The Winner’s Stable.”

Other exhibits feature race footage of every Derby since 1918, trophies, commemorative Derby glasses, riding silks and a live Thoroughbred and miniature horse. Visitors may test their Derby knowledge in an interactive trivia game and attempt to maintain a jockey’s stance for 2 minutes on a mountable simulated horse. The Barn and Backside Track Tour allows guests to visit the track’s stables and infield, while the Inside the Gates Tour takes visitors through the clubhouse and non-public areas of the track.

Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

Admission
Museum $15; $14 (ages 60+); $8 (ages 5-14); free (ages 0-4). There is an additional $11 fee for the Barn and Backside Van Tour and Behind the Scenes Walking Tour.
Hours
Mon.-Sat. 8-5, Sun. 11-5, Mar. 15-Nov. 30; Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5, rest of year. Closed Oaks and Derby days (first Fri.-Sat. in May), Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. A 30-minute guided walking tour of Churchill Downs is included with admission (weather permitting). Barn and Backside Van Tour available daily, mid-Mar. through Nov.; phone for schedule, tour rates and reservation information. Behind the Scenes Walking Tour is offered on non-race days. Other tours may vary; phone for schedule and admission.
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