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Distance Learning Webcast

Bring the Kentucky Derby Museum into your classroom via a video web link! The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to offer free Distance Learning webcasting. Webcasting is essentially "broadcasting" over the internet.


Derby Academy

Kentucky Derby Museum’s YouTube Education Channel
Join us the first Monday every month for “Derby Academy” an education based collection of 11-minute episodes highlighting topics of America’s greatest horse race, and longest running continuous sporting event. Science, math, social studies and humanities come to life as we learn about one of the things that makes Kentucky – Kentucky! “Derby Academy” is designed for teachers to use in classroom to supplement curriculum in a variety of subjects for grades 4-8 and always tie to America’s longest, continuous, sporting event with curriculum you’re teaching in your classroom.
Pre and Post episode activities will be available soon.
Each episode will include the following academic standards:
2.19 Students recognize and understand the relationship between people and geography and apply their knowledge in real-life situations.
2.20 Students understand, analyze, and interpret historical events, conditions, trends, and issues to develop historical perspective.
6.1 Students connect knowledge and experiences from different subject areas.
6.3 Students expand their understanding of existing knowledge by making connections with new knowledge, skills, and experiences.

February 2017 - Black History Month

Horsing Around With Art

Exhibit on display until February 12, 2017.

Each year the Kentucky Derby Museum sponsors a student art competition for students in Jefferson County to showcase their talents and celebrate the Kentucky Derby.

Artist in Residence: Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

May 17-19, 2016:  Ten points if you know what a thaumatrope is! The Kentucky Derby Museum Education Department collaborated with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft to provide a unique cultural experience as part of our Artist in Residence series. Educators from KMAC brought their enthusiasm and expertise and provided a workshop in the making of a thaumatropes – a popular 19th century toy in which a disk with a picture on each side (a horse in our case) is attached to string. When the string is twirled, an illusion is created. Students were also treated to a special “art” tour of Churchill Downs, as well as a showing of the “Greatest Race”.  

Stay tuned for Artist in Residence 2017!

Girl Scouts

After-School Programs for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets and Senior Girl Scouts.

Bring your troop for a fun and educational experience after school. Your visit includes a tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, a viewing of The Greatest Race and an optional education program or craft activity. Free admission for all Kentucky troops and Indiana troops in the counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington during our Free Kids period, November through March.

Now Girl Scouts who visit the Kentucky Derby Museum can take home more than just fun memories, they can remember their trip with an official Girl Scout patch! The new patch is available through the Gift Shop and will be available upon request. To earn the patch, girls must meet a list of requirements. The troops will visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, or for those girls outside of a reasonable traveling distance they can visit our website. Then, based on their troop level, the girls will bake Derby foods, decorate a Derby hat, or participate in several other activities to earn the patch. It's a fun and exciting way to learn about the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby!