The Kentucky Derby Museum is a must visit for fans of thoroughbred horse racing. With fascinating exhibits on the history of one of the finest events in the sport and about the venue of Churchill Downs there is plenty here for novices and enthusiasts to learn. It can be visited year round, even when there are no events on!
Things to Do
- Tours offered at the Museum give you an insight into the goings-on at Churchill Downs that is rarely afforded to visitors. The Historic Walking Tour will give you a background on the Downs and its significance in racing history.
- The Barn and Backside Van Tour takes you for a drive around the Barns of the venue where some of the finest thoroughbred horses in the world are kept. In October the Horses & Haunts Tour explores Churchill Downs' spooky past.
- To make a visit to the Museum more interesting for younger visitors you can take part in a few activities with them. When you arrive ask for a Museum map that contains fun trivia; answer all the questions and hand it back to the customer service desk for a prize! Either before or after your visit you can download a crossword and a coloring page related to the Museum too.
Kentucky Derby Museum Insider Tips
- Before you go you can take a 360 degree virtual tour of the museum on their website!
- If you'd like to pick up a Kentucky Derby related gift for a friend or a family member but can't make it to Churchill Downs then just go onto their online store to pick out something.
- Children under 5 are granted entry to the Museum for free.
- There is parking directly in front of the Museum. Usually this is free however there is a charge on race days during Churchill Downs meets. You can find a parking map for the venue here.