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Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville

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Kentucky Derby Museum features two floors of artifacts and interactive displays that celebrate what some consider the most exciting two minutes in sports. Your first stop in the museum is the 360-degree theater, which screens the film "The Greatest Race." You're then welcome to explore the two floors on your own. Check out the interactive exhibit that allows you to record yourself announcing races with the assistance of a prompter screen. Or view the collection of Derby hats that have graced the heads of race goers since the opening of the track. See Kentucky Derby Museum and all Louisville has to offer by arranging your trip with our Louisville vacation planner.
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  • Everything you always wanted to know or see is represented in the museum. My daughters who never had any racing experience or background were very entertained by everything there.  more »
  • You can't make a trip to Louisville without visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. The nostalgia and history of the race is entertaining for young and old. Make sure you watch the 360 degree movie! You f...  more »
  • Many ages will enjoy this fun tour. The museum and 360 degree movie ramped up the excitement about this Louisville legend. Loved the hat display, seeing the celebrity photos and learning about the cha...  more »
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  • The museum is a very fun place to visit, even if you aren't in to horse racing. The tour takes you down into the stands right next to the track. If you come during race season there will most likely be horses training on the track which was fun to see. The tour provides a lot of information, but bring your questions, our guide had gave some info, then answered questions the rest of the time. There a couple of resident horses you get to see at the end of the tour. The museum has a lot of history, fun hats and outfits from the Derby. There is an exhibit simulates the horse racing for up to 3 people, I found quite fun. They have a 360 4K movie that is very cool to watch, sit in the center. It doesn't have a lot to offer young children (7 & under), they may get bored.
  • Very awesome museum. Filled with the history of the past and has a great intro video to watch as well. It's a great summertime museum to go an see!
  • I enjoyed the tour when I went with my niece and we got to see a horse at the end which was neat for her, I think it was the first horse she'd seen. The museum was neat but not something I'd revisit after going once. There are a couple interactive things but they were for older kids than my niece so we didn't really do them. Other than that there are some neat displays of silks and hats. There's a whole wall of derby shot glasses. It's probably just me but I saw enough just going once. I would like to have had a chance to see the movie in the museum but our tour time was starting and after the tour it was time for her nap. I recommend to all horse and race lovers!
  • I come to the museum usually at least once a year, as part of a summer camp group, school group, like this year, bringing out-of-state family. The museum and tours offer a neat look at horse racing. And no matter how many times I see it the video leaves me in tears. The gift shop is very expensive.
  • If you have the pleasure of watching the race and getting some history I hope you have the Head of Security tell you some stories. I'm from Louisville and this guy did an awesome job. Will definitely visit again

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