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There’s only one place where you can find yourself among the celebrated legends of the Kentucky Derby. Hosting an event at the Kentucky Derby Museum is the next best thing to actually being at the Derby. Your guests enjoy the thrill and excitement of the first Saturday in May and create new memories to take home with them.

Indoor and covered outdoor spaces offer versatile layout options that can be tailored to fit your unique needs. The Museum’s venue spaces accommodate intimate gatherings up to as many as 2,000 people.

A rich array of add-on experiences – including private walking tours of Churchill Downs®, an appearance by a Derby Bugler, and a special showing of the Museum’s award-winning movie “The Greatest Race” – are available to make for an impressive, fun and memorable event.

Great Hall Dining Setup

Amenities may include:

  • Unique indoor and outdoor spaces accommodating up to 2,000 people
  • On-site Event Host with personalized service
  • One stop source for all your rental needs including catering, décor, AV, set-up, clean-up dance-floor, bugler, bourbon tastings and more
  • Private exhibition experience
  • Guided Tours - Let our experienced and knowledgeable guides give your guests a private tour of Historic Churchill Downs Racetrack
  • Custom Gift Selection - Kentucky Derby Museum Store will be happy to create a custom gift package for your guests! Check out our Corporate and Group Gift options.



Hear what our clients are saying!

"Working with KDM for our first post-COVID offsite client event was effortless. Their events team, venue and protocols made for the most successful VIP experience we have hosted. From planning to execution, the KDM team was not only accommodating for our specific needs but remained at the ready and provided outstanding service for a smooth and seamless event."

- Kristen B. Jenson, Vice President
Marketing, Operations & HR
Davis Jewelers

"Tori, I want to take a moment to thank you and your staff for all you did to showcase your city to us last weekend during our Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science conference. The tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum was unbelievable! I’ve lived in Lexington since 1993 but rarely go to Louisville. After this visit, I am putting Louisville and back stage tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum on my “must see and do” list for friends when they come in town. The meal was excellent and I really enjoyed the entertainment. It was so nice to hear the bugler talk of his involvement with the Derby. The tales told by the jockey and owner really helped to understand all that goes on to produce a winning horse and to run a good race. It sure isn’t easy! You and your team did a remarkable job. I will do what I can to get my organization to have their September meeting there.

Thanks again for all you and your team did to make our visit a memorable one."

- Cookie Freidhoff, PT, AT-Ret, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist Emeritus
American Association of Sports Physical Therapy



To schedule a site visit or for more information:


Tori Nale Headshot

Tori Nale

Director of Special Events

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Sarah Trasatti

Senior Events Manager