Kentucky Derby Museum is open and ready for you to safely explore!

The health and safety of guests and employees is Kentucky Derby Museum's highest priority. Kentucky Derby Museum has achieved GBAC STAR™ certification, the gold standard of prepared facilities, and the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. Our Team Members are trained with proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like COVID-19. 

Our COVID-19 protocols meet or exceed the social distancing, capacity, and health and safety guidelines outlined by local, state and CDC authorities. Below are highlights of these protocols and what you can expect during your upcoming visit. For more information on planning a visit, review our General Information page.

GBAC Star Facility

Here is what you can expect during your visit:



  • All guests and Museum employees must wear a mask in accordance with a Kentucky state mandate.
  • All employees are required to participate in regular handwashing breaks throughout their work day.


  • Thorough, commercial-grade cleaning of the Museum, exhibits and all surfaces will be conducted continuously throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitization stations are widely available throughout the property for the use of our guests and employees.
Limited Capacity


  • Tour capacity is limited to allow for proper social distancing.
  • The Greatest Race, our movie about the Kentucky Derby, shows every hour and will be limited in the number of people per viewing to allow for social distancing.
Social Distancing


  • Signage has been placed throughout the Museum to create awareness of proper physical distancing between guests. Please be respectful of others’ space.
  • Queue lines that allow for social distancing have been implemented to avoid crowding in the ticket plaza, in our retail shops and in our restaurants.
  • The Derby Cafe Express offers some indoor and ample covered outdoor dining space with plenty of room for social distancing.
Stylus for touchscreens


  • We encourage guests to purchase their tickets online in advance.
  • Guests will be given sanitized stylus pens to use for our interactive exhibits.

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit.


Hear what our guests are saying!

Tour Guide in Golf Cart with mask on

"Beautiful clean museum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was outstanding!"

- Lisa Del Rio
Facebook, Dec. 9, 2020

"We had a great time doing the tour at the Kentucky Derby Museum. If you want to do the behind the scenes tour then I recommend to book in advance. It was very clean, socially distant, interactive and informative experience. It definitely encourages us to try and come back in the future to enjoy a race. Highly recommend this tour and would come back again."

- GabrielSanab
TripAdvisor, Dec. 29, 2020

Behind the Scenes Tour up by the Spires