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Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Derby Trophy

Fun Fact: Since the 50th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1924, Churchill Downs has annually presented a gold trophy to the winning owner of the famed "Run for the Roses."


Special Programs

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

NEW Distance Learning Webcasting

The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to offer free Distance Learning programming for all public and private schools in Kentucky. Bring the Kentucky Derby Museum into your classroom via a video weblink. 

Currently, three core curriculum programs are available:

Horse Tales (grades 1-2)

A Visit with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark (3-5)

Science on the Track (4-7)

Call 502-992-5911 for more information on our newest way to “Share the Fun” of the Kentucky Derby!

Sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

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Horsing Around With Art

Horsing Around with Art

Left: HAWA 2014 winner, Abby Moore. Right: 2014 HAWA on display in the Museum.

Each year the Kentucky Derby Museum sponsors a student art comptition for students in Jefferson County to showcase their talents and celebrate the Kentucky Derby. The HAWA exhibit for 2015 opens January 19th and ends February 15th. Click here for more information.

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, a viewing of The Greatest Race and an optional education program or craft activity ($2.00 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.


Kentucky Derby Museum Official Girl Scouts Patch

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 1-800-593-3729 and will be available upon request. To earn the patch, girls must meet a list of requirements (click here to download requirements). The troops will visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, or for those girls outside of a reasonable travelling 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!

Derby Museum Girl Scouts Patch




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