Cross the finish line with us for your next event and celebrate at a unique Louisville setting. With versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, and flexible rental plans, our exciting venue can be customized for your needs, taste, and style. From the classic elegance of The Great Hall to the exciting exhibit and gallery spaces, options exude the thrills of a day at the races for up to 2,000!


To schedule a site visit or for more information:
Amie Milby, Director of Sales and Events
(502) 992-5903 / 

Night at the Museum

Rent the entire multi-level Museum exclusively for your special event including all indoor & outdoor spaces listed below accommodating up to 2,000 guests!

1st Floor (Includes 1st & 2nd floor exhibits, Derby Cafe Express, Oaks Garden Terrace)

Guests will have access to 1st & 2nd floor exhibit galleries, Derby Cafe Express, and outdoor climate-controlled Oaks Garden Terrace accommodating up to 2,000 guests cocktail style.


The Great Hall & Exhibits (Includes The Great Hall, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibits)

The Great Hall, a one-of-a-kind area allows for an open environment seating up to 270 guests banquet style or up to 500 guests reception style.

Share your story on 360° movie screens or immerse your guests into the first Saturday in May with The Greatest Race, our award winning signature exhibit movie.

Larger groups can be served through multi-level use of the Museum (indoor and outdoor) with up to 2,000 people accommodated for cocktail receptions.




2nd floor New Expansion Event Galleries (including Lukas & Shoemaker)

The Museum’s new wing features a 3,600 square foot event space that overlooks the paddock and Starting Gate Suites areas of historic Churchill Downs through a series of large windows on 3 sides of the space. Seating accommodates up to 250 guests, or up to 350 cocktail style receptions and is perfect for ANY occasion!

The space is equipped with all necessary audio and visual for meeting presentations.



Derby Cafe Express & Oaks Garden Terrace

The renovated and customizable Oaks Garden Terrace is an all-weather covered outdoor space that boasts 7,300 square feet and can seat up to 450, or up to 600 for cocktail style receptions. This space can be utilized year-round with an indoor/outdoor atmosphere and overlooks the stable and horses and is perfect for any occasion.

The Derby Cafe Express is perfect for intimate dining, the space overlooks the newly renovated Oaks Garden Terrace and stable area with dinner seating up to 85 people. This space is perfect for a breakfast gathering, bridal shower or intimate dinner meeting.