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Kentucky Derby Museum
What teachers are saying...

“This was the best field trip that I have ever taken. The program presentation was outstanding.” – Teacher at Crothersville Junior Senior High School, IN

“I’m not sure you can improve. Everything was very organized. The tour and guide were fabulous. I have recommended this visit to other schools.” – Teacher at Eastern High School, IN

“We enjoyed the exhibits and were able to spend extra time. We were impressed with the lessons. We were delighted that it supports JCPS Core Academic Standards.” – Teacher at Johnson Traditional Middle School

“Everyone loved the museum and the overall experience. The movie was a real tearjerker – terrific job! We will be back next year!” – Teacher at Saint Mary Academy.

“This is a well-spent day for students. From start to finish, students were engaged and learning. Thank you for a wonderful day and experience for our students!” – Teacher at Lebanon Elementary, KY


Fun Fact: Eleven Kentucky Derby winners went on to win the Preakness Stakes in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes in New York, capturing the Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.


Why Study the Derby


Historical Event - Thoroughbred racing dates to the middle colonial period and for most of our history it was our most popular sport. The Derby is the oldest continuous sporting event in the U.S.

Cultural Event - Over 150,000 people come from around the world to attend the Derby, and tens of millions watch on television. It is our community's and state's signature event.

Economic Event - The most recent economic impact study shows that the Derby has an over $217 million impact on the regional economy. Overall, the horse industry in Kentucky has over a $3 billion impact generating over 55,000 jobs.

Athletic Event - Understanding the roles of the jockey and Thoroughbred as athletes, as well as the scientific basis for their performance, helps provide insights and comparisons into human training, nutrition and health.

Diversity - From slave jockeys who were our first sports "stars" to female jockeys and exercise riders to the large Hispanic workforce on the Backside. Thoroughbred racing is all about diversity.


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Our goal is to provide students with an understanding of the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky, as well as knowledge of the rich cultural history and impact of the Kentucky Derby. We offer a free kids program to all public and parochial schools within the states of Indiana and Kentucky. All our education programs are tailored to meet Core Academic Standards Curriculum Standards.


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