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Event Calendar


April 14 - December 31, 2014


This upcoming feature exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum explores the sense of play that is a true part of the world’s greatest sporting event. Horseplay will showcase equine toys and games in a hands-on experience for kids and adults alike. Taking the form of an interactive game, visitors will activate the sights and sounds around them progressing from a history of horse toys and games to over-sized versions of the artifacts themselves. Drawing from over 140 years of history, Horseplay will highlight artifacts, photographs and videos displaying the playful, mischievous, and exciting event the Derby is today. Click here for more about the exhibit.

This exhibit will be located on the second floor in the Matt Winn Gallery.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Night at the Races - Members Only Event - Advanced Purchase Required

The second annual Kentucky Derby Museum's Members Night at the Races will be held on Friday, September 19. The evening will include admission to the track, reserved seat in Millionaire's Row, a delicious meal from Levy Restaurant's Chefs Table and a racing program for the evening. Gates open at. 4:00 p.m. and the first race will go off at 6:00 p.m. We will have a guest handicapper visit us that evening to give us hints on what to look for when making the choices for our wagers. And as a bonus each guest will receive a $2 voucher for their first wager on us.

The cost per person is $60. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m.

For reservations or for membership information, contact Carla Grego at

For info on how to become a member, click here.


September 26, 2014

Ladies Day at the Races

Support the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs by attending their 8th annual Ladies Day at the Races. Tickets $75. Watch the races from Millionaires Row and enjoy a lunch buffet, silent & live auction and a fashion show. Proceeds benefit equine workers and their families at Churchill Downs. For more information and to buy tickets click here.

Ladies Day


September 27, 2014

Smithsonian Museum Day

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free. We are participating again this year. Visit to get your free ticket.


October 2014 - August 2015

Legends Series

Join us for an evening of bourbon tasting with Master Distillers and our Bourbon Authority, Fred Minnick. Don't miss this chance to hear stories, ask questions and learn about bourbon from the best in the industry. Save the dates below for our upcoming Legends Series events.


October 2: Greg Metze

December 4th: Jimmy Russell


February 5th: Harlan Wheatley

June 4th: Bill Samuels

August 6th: Mike Veach


Tickets on sale now for October 2nd with Greg Metze, Master Distiller MGP!


Metze makes the distillate for Bulleit Rye, Redemption Rye, Templeton Rye and many other rye whiskeys, but until recently, he's been America's secret rye distiller.

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You can now buy a ticket for the entire Legends Series of 5 events and save $$!






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