April, July, August, October

Group Admission & Tour options are available to groups of 15 or more. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Group admission includes:

A viewing of “The Greatest Race,” a 360° multi-media experience that will give you chills as you are immersed in the magic of the Derby.
Two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits and artifacts dating back to 1875, the year of the first Kentucky Derby.
Access to our Resident horses at the Stable.
The Derby Museum Store.
Kentucky-inspired dishes, Mint juleps, and Bourbon flights in the Derby Café & Bourbon Bar.
Motorcoach group infront of the Museum

Plan your group’s visit in three easy steps:

Starting Gate Number 1

Step 1: Select a Tour

Historic Walking Tour

Historic Walking Tour + Admission

Adult $14 / Children 5-13 $9

See for yourself world-famous Churchill Downs Racetrack! Walk through the Grandstands where thousands of people roar with excitement on Derby day. Your Tour Guide will lead you to the rail of the legendary dirt track where every Derby winner has raced, from Aristides, to Secretariat, and many more. Your Guide will share stories of the early days of the Kentucky Derby through its transformation into the iconic event it is today. Have your camera ready!

  • Tour departs hourly 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays
  • 20-minute tour (we recommend 1.5 – 2 hours total visit)
  • Minimum 15 people / Please contact us if your group is 250+
Morning Workout Walking Tour

Morning Works Walking Tour + Admission

Adults $16 / Students 5-13 $10

Start your day rail side at the track! Experience the thrilling sound of hooves pounding the dirt as horses and jockeys train right in front of you! You’ll see horses gallop past at speeds up to 40 miles per hour! Your guide will share the ins and outs of training world-class Thoroughbreds while you also visit the Churchill Downs Grandstand. Be sure to have your camera ready – seeing these incredible athletes working out beneath the historic Twin Spires™ is a memory you’ll want to hold onto forever. Approximately 2.4 furlongs (.3 miles).

*Workouts may be canceled due to weather or other conditions
  • Tours depart hourly at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday
  • 30 Minute Tour (we recommend 1.5 to 2 hours total visit)
  • Minimum 15 people / Please contact us for groups 250+
Backstretch Breakfast Tour

Backstretch Breakfast Workout Tour + Admission

Adults $39 / Students 5-13 $34

Our most exclusive group tour! Experience the backside of the racetrack during a rail-side breakfast in the Track Kitchen all while watching the horses during their morning workouts.

  • 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday
  • 60 minutes on the back side and 30 Minute Historic Walking tour
  • Minimum of 15 Guests / Maximum of 100 Guests
  • For Commercial Tours- $10 per Driver/Guide for Breakfast
Black Heritage in Racing Tour

Black Heritage in Racing Tour + Admission

Adult $29 / Students 5-13 $24

Connect the historic dots about notable African American figures on this tour while making stops at significant places at Churchill Downs Racetrack that help tell these important stories. This tour is approximately 4.8 furlongs of walking (about .6 miles).

  • 7 days a week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • 90 minutes (we recommend 3-3.5 hours total)
  • Minimum 15 guests / Maximum 50 guests
Greenhouse & Garden Tour

Garden & Greenhouse Walking Tour + Admission

Adults $34 / Children 5-13 $29

Tour the racetrack’s amazing 12,000-square-foot Horticultural Center and learn first-hand what it takes to keep the grounds beautiful on Kentucky Derby Day and year-round from Churchill Downs Horticulture Director Matt Bizzell. Then experience the rich history of Churchill Downs Racetrack and learn about legendary Derby winners like Aristides and Secretariat as you visit the famous Grandstand. You’ll make a stop rail side at the track while your guide shares stories of the early days of the Kentucky Derby through its transformation into the iconic event it is today. This tour requires a significant amount of standing.

  • Monday – Friday by request
  • 90 minutes (We recommend 3-3.5 hours total visit)
  • Minimum 15 guests / Please contact us if your group is 250+
Starting Gate Number 2

Step 2 (Optional): Select Add-on Activity!

From hands-on hat-making, and competitive mock racing, to learning how to make a Mint Julep, the Derby museum has fun and engaging group activities that can be added on to any visit of groups of every size (with a 15-person minimum).

Please allow an additional 45-60 minutes for each activity.

Hatitude

Hatitude

$25 per person

What's your fashion attitude? Big brim with lots of trimmings or simple and chic? During Hatitude, you will create your very own Kentucky Derby hat. We provide the hat, all the ribbons, bows, flowers, and fanfare - you provide the style.

Halloween Hatitude

Halloween Hatitude

$25 per person

Get into the holiday spirit! Show your witchy side by creating a Halloween-ready hat or fascinator! We provide all the spooky-themed add-ons for you to create the perfect Trick-or-Treat ready accessory.

Lucky Shoes

Lucky Shoes

$12 per person

Four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet, heads-up pennies - all lucky charms for many people. Another common one? The horseshoe! They are thought to bring good luck and protection. Groups can decorate and take home their very own lucky horseshoe!

Race Activity

Race Activity

$15 per person

With $5,000 worth of "Horsey Bucks," everyone is a high roller! This mock racing event allows your group to share in the fun & excitement of wagering and learn about handicapping the horses. We supply the race programs, horsey bucks, betting windows, live tellers, and prizes to give groups a feel of real racing action! This is one fun, exciting, and a bit competitive group experience!

Mint Julep University

Mint Julep University

$25 per person

When you're done with this experience, you'll be an expert on Kentucky's famous drink - the Mint Julep! Learn how to make a Mint Julep, and of course, drink it, too. Soak up the history of how this beverage became the Kentucky Derby's signature drink. Now taking bookings for June and beyond!

Suggested Itineraries

Pricing below includes all taxes and service fees.

1:30 p.m.: Arrival at the Museum
1:40 p.m.: "The Greatest Race" Showing
2:00 p.m.: Hatitude: Create your own Derby Hat or Fascinator
3:00 p.m.: Historic Walking Tour (get a group photo by the race track with your newly made hats!)
3:30 p.m.: Off to the Races activity with an afternoon snack
  • Mini Mint Juleps and Derby pie bites from the Derby Café & Bourbon Bar
4:15 p.m.: Exhibits and Store Time
5:00 p.m.: Departure from the Museum

10:45 a.m.: Arrival at the Museum
11:00 a.m.: Garden & Greenhouse Tour
12:15 p.m.: Group Derby Cafe Lunch
1:00 p.m.: Historic Walking Tour
3:30 p.m.: Off to the Races activity with an afternoon snack
1:40 p.m.: "The Greatest Race" Showing
2:00 p.m.: Exhibits and Store Time
2:45 p.m.: Departure from the Museum

1:45 p.m.: Arrival at the Museum
2:00 p.m.: Historic Walking Tour
2:40 p.m.: "The Greatest Race" Showing
3:00 p.m.: Lucky Shoes: Create your own Lucky Horseshoe
3:45 p.m.: Hatitude: Create your own Derby Hat or Fascinator
4:45 p.m.: Exhibit and Store Time
5:00 p.m.: Departure from the Museum

 

Starting Gate Number 3

Step 3: Select Your Dining Experience!

 

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