Special Programs

To register and/or to receive more detailed information about any of our programs below, please email Ronnie Dreistadt or contact him directly at (502) 992-5911.

New! Distance Learning Webcast

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

Currently, three core curriculum programs are available through our special webcasting program:

Call (502) 992-5911 for more information on Distance Learning, our newest way to engage, educate and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby. 

Sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

Horsing Around With Art

Left: HAWA 2015 winner, Addie Clark. Right: 2015 HAWA on display in the Museum.

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.

2015 HAWA winning art album:

Girl Scouts

Kentucky Derby Museum Official Girl Scouts PatchAfter-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, a viewing of The Greatest Race and an optional education program or craft activity ($2 craft fee applies, only available in summer). 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 Finish Line 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!

Artist in Residence

The education department hosts the annual Artist in Residence series as a means to provide educational cultural opportunities to area students. Local artists not only provide their talents, but incorporate them into a horse or Derby themed performance. For more information about upcoming Artist in Residence events, please contact the education department at

2015 Artist in Residence: Stage One | May 19 - 21, 2015
Based on its successful “Storytelling!” program, Stage One brought its special way of telling stories to the Kentucky Derby Museum for a rollicking 30 minute experience taken from the Derby’s top children’s books. Young readers immersed themselves in reading core curriculum as Stage One brought the Derby to life!