Who We Are

Mission Statement

To ENGAGE, EDUCATE, and EXCITE EVERYONE about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby!


The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby. Each year, the Museum welcomes over 230,000 visitors. 

With a general admission ticket, visitors can enjoy two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits, a 30-minute guided historic walking tour at Churchill Downs Racetrack, and get their heart racing and emotions soaring watching the Museum’s signature 18-minute movie, “The Greatest Race” on a 360°, 4K high resolution screen. 

Guests can grab breakfast and lunch at Derby Café and enjoy a mint julep or cocktail at the full bar. Upgraded tour options take visitors to some of the most exclusive spots inside Churchill Downs and to the sights and sounds of the backside. 

In October 2018, the Kentucky Derby Museum completed a $6.5 million renovation and expansion project, adding and renovating 16,000 square feet. It is the largest expansion of the Museum’s footprint since the building was constructed in 1985. 

The new second floor exhibit space houses two new impressive exhibits featuring the legacy, possessions, trophies, and history of two Hall of Famers: legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Bill Shoemaker. 

With the new renovation, the Kentucky Derby Museum can accommodate group and corporate events of over 2,000 people. From a casual business meeting to a glamorous wedding reception, the Kentucky Derby Museum offers guests three new unique spaces that bring the thrill of horseracing to any occasion.


Kentucky Derby Museum Board Members

Mr. Mike Anderson President, Churchill Downs Racetrack Churchill Downs Racetrack
Mr. Mark Bacon Senior VP Global Brand Director, Woodford Reserve Brown-Forman
Ms. Jill Baffert    
Ms. Tawana Bain Founder/CEO TBAIN & Co
Mr. Cleo Battle President & CEO of Louisville Tourism Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mr. Bill Beam, Jr.    
Ms. Eden Bridgeman Sklenar CMO Manna Inc
Ms. Anita Ebert Owner Anita Ebert Racing LLC
Mr. Steve Estepp President Estepp Energy
Mr. Clinton Glasscock Managing Director, Large Account Sales & Marketing McGriff Insurance Services, Inc
Ms. Brandy Harmon Vice President, Ticketing & Venue Operations Breeders' Cup Ltd
Mr. Glenn Haygood (Board Chair) President & General Manager WLKY
Ms. Loren Hebel-Osborne President LHO Inc./Deerfield Farm
Mr. Ja Hillebrand CEO Stock Yards Bank & Trust
Mr. Michael Judah President Judah Real Estate Group
Ms. Briana Lathon (Secretary) Senior Compliance Officer, Group & Military Humana
Mr. W. Edwin Lewis CFO/Founder Ed Lewis Sales Co. (ELSCO)
Mr. David Nett (Vice Chair) Retired Retired
Ms. Mason Rummel President & CEO James Graham Brown Foundation
Mr. Todd Spencer (Treasurer) President & CEO Doe-Anderson, Inc.
Mr. Frank J. Thompson Senior Institutional Consultant Morgan Stanley (Financial Adv)
Ms. Chris Whelan (Immediate Past Chair) Vice President, Communications and Corporate Responsibility LG&E and KU Energy
Mr. Harold Workman Retired Retired
Mr. Patrick Armstrong President & CEO Kentucky Derby Museum