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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. Discover how to plan a Louisville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • We did a Barn and Backside Tour with Diana Dillman as our guide. What a treat! Diana was so knowledgeable about the horses, the track, and all the tradition that surrounds the famed Kentucky Derby...  more »
  • I'll start this by saying I'm not even a big fan of horses or the races but this museum was actually pretty interesting. I read up on a lot of history of the Derby and of people who got it to where.....  more »
  • Group tour with great tour guide. Stayed after tour for live racing. My daughter took granddaughter out to see horses arrive for races and one of the trainers asked if she would like to see one of...  more »
  • We took the tour here and it was an amazing experience. It was well worth the money to see the history and the legend behind the Kentucky derby. If you are ever in Louisville I would stop by and take the tour. You would not regret it. The ladies giving the tour were also the best in the business and were super professional. Good job!
  • This museum is amazing for a horse race. I want expecting much but as soon as I watched the movie they provided I knew this museum would be great. The amount of money spent here is probably up in the upper tiers for museums as the amount of information provided covers everything from the jockeys to the horses to even the clothes that are worn. I wish I had more time when I came as you can easily spend 2+ hours here. Worth the visit for just the movie alone.
  • This was a great experience! We were able to visit the museum and go track side for a brief tour. Our tour guide was awesome and took the time to answer all questions. Very knowledgeable! Gift shop was pleasant and fun as well.
  • Nestled inside the Mecca of Horse Racing... the Kentucky Derby Museum! If you love the Sport of Kings this is an absolute must!!! It creatively displays the history of Churchill Downs, the Derby and the multitude of Derby winners and the jockeys. It starts of with a fantastic and immersive movie experience and includes a tour of the track. To enjoy and take in all it has to offer, give yourself 2 hours. Very reasonably priced.
  • These was a worth it tour to take. We took the basic tour which was perfect and gave us all the information we wanted, better than an actual derby since the most affordable tickets for the real thing do not allow you in the grounds, you would be on the other side of the mote watching a large T.V. screen). We got to get close to the track, and stand by the best seats. The guide was excellent. The museum is very nice and big, we were also able to purchase and enjoy a mint julep at the restaurant. We got the whole experience without having to attend a race. That was perfect for us.

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