The Kentucky Derby Museum is a great place to visit with your family and friends! Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the museum offers two floors of family-friendly exhibits that showcase the history of horse racing. Spend a day experiencing the racing traditions and see how racing has transformed over the years!
The Kentucky Derby Museum opened to the public in April 1985 on land Churchill Downs donated to the nonprofit corporation. The museum maintains a relationship with Churchill Downs but functions as an entirely separate entity.
The museum focuses on not only preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby but also on offering much more to the community. It aims to provide a lasting impression of tradition, hospitality and pride.
Every year the museum welcomes over 210,000 guests and has become one of the most premiere attractions in Louisville. Overall, it has welcomed a total of more than 4 million visitors from around the world!
Here is a list of some of the most popular collections at the museum:
Resident Thoroughbred and Miniature Horse: Directly outside the museum you will find the live, permanent stable exhibit. Here you can visit with the resident miniature horse Winston who has been with the museum for 19 years. You can also see a Thoroughbred, which changes throughout the year; currently, the museum is housing Risen Warrior. The garden terrace is also host to gravesites of five famous Kentucky Derby winners.
The Greatest Race: This experience brings the Derby story alive with an exciting presentation on the thrill of competing in the Kentucky Derby. Hear testimonies from Derby winners and view the most recent Kentucky Derby victory.
The Winner’s Circle: Get your camera ready! The Winner’s Circle features a manikin horse updated every season to depict the recent winner of the Kentucky Derby.
It’s my Derby: Hear fans’ favorite Derby memories and horses, and view the winners of the annual Kentucky Derby hat contest!
Riders Up: Ride in the simulated horse race and see what it feels like to compete in the Kentucky Derby. You have three horse categories you can choose from: frontrunner, stalker and closer.
Test Your Derby IQ: Prove your Kentucky Derby knowledge, and challenge your friends to an interactive game that asks all kinds of questions about the Derby.
The Down’s First Electric Gate: Climb up inside the starting gate and take a picture with the replica horse. This was the first electric starting gate ever used!
Sounds like a ton of fun doesn’t it? Now that you know more about what the Kentucky Derby Museum has to offer, read below for general information including ticket costs and museum hours.
Admission to the museum grants access to the above collections (and more!) and includes the Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs.
Adults (15-59): $15
Senior Citizens (60+): $14
Children (5-14): $7
Children (Under 5): FREE
Kentucky Derby Museum Hours
Summer Hours (March 15 – November 30)
Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open at 8 a.m. Sunday after Derby
Winter Hours (December 1 - March 14)
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Attend the Kentucky Derby®
What’s even better than visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum? Touring the museum AND witnessing the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” at the Kentucky Derby, all within the same weekend! Talk about one exciting trip.
If you want to go to the Kentucky Derby and are curious as to what kind of ticket packages are out there, check out Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages direct from Churchill Downs. From exclusive VIP access to top notch seating locations, there’s something everyone can enjoy.
What's even more exciting is you can attend the Fillies and Lilies Party, which is held after-hours at the Kentucky Derby Museum!
Start planning your trip now, and enjoy your time at the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Museum!