Our friendly staff at the customer service desk hand out a Museum Map to all our guests, which contains fun but tricky trivia questions in the back. Find the answers within the Museum exhibits, and then show us to win a prize!
Color Our Foal! Coloring Sheet
Hot Foot Fred hangs out on the Museum's second floor and enjoys watching our visitors from all around the world. Download a coloring sheet here to hang him on your wall!
Kentucky Derby Seek & Find
And they're off! It takes a combination of skill and luck to win the Kentucky Derby. You'll need both to find these Derby winners in our Seek & Find. Download here.
Kentucky Derby Museum
“You Can’t Stop the Derby!”
Objective: To show the longevity and adaptability of Churchill Downs, as it has responded to historic events.
The Kentucky Derby was first run Monday, May 17 1875. Since that date, there have been many world, national and local events that have affected the race. Make a timeline from 1875 to the present and plot the following events (preferably on a Smartboard if available):
- First car built by Henry Ford (1893)
- Titanic sinks in the Atlantic Ocean (1912)
- World War I (1914-1918)
- The beginning of the Great Depression (1929)
- The Great Flood of the Ohio (1937)
- World War II (1941-1945)
- Churchill Downs bankruptcy (1894)
- Tornado (1890)
- Kentucky State Fair moves to Louisville and Churchill Downs (1907)
- First recorded airplane flight in Kentucky happens at Churchill Downs (1910)
After plotting is finished, show “You Can’t Stop the Derby PowerPoint”
“Kentucky Derby Museum 101”
Objective: To show the Kentucky Derby is an important part of the Louisville community for many reasons.
The Kentucky Derby is a famous race for horses, held in Louisville every year in May. Over time, this race has become a very important part of our community in a number of ways.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is a special place that celebrates this famous race.
- What are things you might see inside of a museum?
- What are things you might see inside the Kentucky Derby Museum?
- There are several reasons why the Kentucky Derby is important to our community:
- See “Kentucky Derby Museum 101” PowerPoint
Winner Circle Geography
Objective: To identify states using geographic clues, while also emphasizing Kentucky’s dominance in the Thoroughbred breeding industry.
Because only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds may run in the Kentucky Derby, every year there will be a different winner. No horse can run in the Derby twice. As of 2015, 141 different Thoroughbreds have visited the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle.
Ask students: Of those 141 winners, how many do they think were born in Kentucky? Have each student write down the number they think it is, but show no one else!
While showing the accompanying PowerPoint presentation, graph the information on the bar graph below. Show PowerPoint: “Winner’s Circle Geography”
- What does this graph show you about Thoroughbreds in America?
- What is the ratio of Kentucky Derby winners bred in Kentucky compared to total number of Derby winners?
- According to your graph, which state has bred the second most number of Derby winners?
- Name a state that borders Kentucky that has never bred a Derby winner.
- List three challenges of bringing a horse from England to America to run in the Derby.
Great Horses of the Kentucky Derby
Objective: To identify and chart some of the great, interesting and notable horses in Kentucky Derby history
Assign each student a Kentucky Derby winner from the list below. Students will complete attached intake sheet, then report findings to the entire class.
- Old Rosebud
- Omar Khayyam
- Sir Barton
- Clyde Van Dusen
- Gallant Fox
- Brokers Tip
- Forward Pass
- Seattle Slew
- Winning Colors
- Fusaichi Pegasus
- Mine that Bird
Questions for Kentucky Derby Winner Information Sheet:
Name of Horse:
Year Won Derby:
Number of Starts:
Number of Wins:
One Interesting Fact: