Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville

4.6
#2 of 73 in Museums in Kentucky
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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  • October 4, 2017
    Excellent museum. Very interesting tour of Churchill Downs Guide knew his history very well. Museum was well laid out, short video well made. Fun things to watch and do.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This place is full of history and fantastic paraphernalia pertaining to the Kentucky Derby. The showcases are full of information and titbits for the horse race lovers in you. Some of the fashion item...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I loved the hat collection. They offer must take tours. The movie they show is only 20 minutes long and is so well done. Great museum.  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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!
  • April 4, 2017
    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!
  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 1, 2017
    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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