Kentucky Derby Museum 2018 Expansion

The Kentucky Derby Museum has the honor of sharing the story of the world’s greatest horse race with 230,000 visitors who pass through our doors each year. As the oldest, continuous sporting event in American history, the Kentucky Derby stands above all other horse races in world-wide recognition and interest.

Whether it is because of a love of Thoroughbred horses, the pageantry of the crowd or the true adrenaline-pumping thrill of the greatest two minutes in sports, there’s something about the Kentucky Derby that makes you want to be a part of it.

The passion for this race is found in its rich traditions and extensive history. It’s found in the horses, men and women who have won it and those still striving to win it and make their dreams come true. It’s found in people like you, who have grown up watching the race at home or who stand under the shadow of the Twin Spires every year. You want to be a part of it. It’s not our Derby, it’s your Derby.

Our guests become a part of the story through exhibits, educational outreach, workshops, special events, lectures, and community outreach. We impact more than 50,000 students annually through field trips, off-site programming, community events and more. We are the sole non-profit organization that connects people, 365 days a year, to the one and only Kentucky Derby experience.

As we prepare to grow, we look to engaged community members, like you, to join with us in the next phase. Your gift will allow the Kentucky Derby Museum to continue to deliver an unparalleled visitor experience with an emphasis on new exhibition space, providing an in-depth look at the legacy of the iconic race. We graciously ask you to consider an investment in your community and the future of the Museum as we embark on a $6.5 million renovation and expansion. Construction is expected to begin May 2018 and be completed in time for Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs Racetrack in November 2018.

This is your opportunity to embrace our mission to engage, educate and excite everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby, now and into the future. Your commitment to the Kentucky Derby Museum’s expansion through a 100% tax-deductible contribution will invigorate an iconic community treasure in a whole new way.

Read the official Museum release here!


It's MY Derby Supporting Silks Recognition Wall

Your investment will be recognized on a Supporting Silks wall at the entrance of the new expansion.

Donations of $5,000+ will have a custom designed silk with name recognition. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Jockey Silks Donation Wall Mock Up

**A Museum representative will contact individual for custom silk design with gifts of $5,000+ 

For additional giving options and questions, contact Patrick Armstrong ( or Kristin Milosevich (