Event Testimonials

Hear what our clients are saying!

"The best thing about this venue is it's all "one-stop shopping." I didn't have to worry about bringing in linens or cleaning up afterwards like I've had to do at other venues. The convenience allows me to focus more on the event."

- Trinity High School

"...THANK YOU for hosting another exceptional Ford Oval of Honor event to recognize our nation's veterans and gold star families. Everything about the event last week at Kentucky Derby Museum was first class! I know from my experience that these events require extensive planning, coordination, and above all committed leadership. The Kentucky Derby Museum is the only place to conduct an event in Louisville of you want to maximize your guests' experience and creatively execute a sensational program."

- Frank Bodwell, Ford Oval of Honor, Founder

“My favorite thing about the Kentucky Derby Museum was the ease of everything and the flexibility of the professionals assisting us. When we arrived, the venue was perfectly staged, and everything was ready to go. Plus, there was always someone nearby to assist or answer questions throughout the evening, which provided another level of comfort and enjoyment. Tori and her team do terrific work and are a true delight! I applaud everything about our wonderful welcome party, for it was the PERFECT setting and experience for welcoming everyone to Kentucky.”

- Kate Cotton

"The Kentucky Derby Museum was the perfect venue for our introductory dinner to the McConnell Center's Strategic Broadening Seminar. The food was delicious, the staff was incredibly friendly, and the venue was especially accommodating for our guests with allergen issues. Our soldiers were so appreciative of the experience, and we could not have made them feel so welcome to the city without the help of your team."

- Jessica Freels
McConnell Center
University of Louisville

"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

"So well done I simply can't believe it. The bugler was beyond wonderful. Your staff nailed it. The food and beverage was just great. The venue was like a fantasy and the movie awe inspiring. It set the pace for the entire wedding weekend and people just LOVED it. Thank you for keeping ALL of your promises."

"Audrey was fabulous to work with, and made the event extremely successful. The A/V person was so helpful and easy to work with. Jason the bugler was fantastic, and mingled with the guests between his time to bugle and took pictures with them. Great team!"

"The people were fantastic. The tour guides were great, very knowledgeable. The food and beverage servers were great. The bugler was friendly and great. Just a wonderful experience for our group."

"All aspects of the night were very well done. We had a lot of guests from out of town and the Derby Museum made Louisville shine!"

"I would recommend this location to anyone. The value of the cost to rent the museum was incredible and they made our reception be absolutely everything we were hoping it would be!"



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Tori Deis

Director of Special Events
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