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Kentucky Derby Museum is thrilled to welcome guests who want to check this off their bucket list!

We are a nonprofit organization who is entrusted to preserve the history and legacy of the Kentucky Derby, the longest continuously-running sporting event in the country dating back to the first Derby in 1875. Through our partnership with Churchill Downs, we are honored to be their exclusive tour partner.

We look forward to seeing you!

General Museum Information

Kentucky Derby Museum is located next to Churchill Downs® Racetrack in one of Louisville's historic neighborhoods just 10 minutes from downtown Louisville. Free parking is available on-premise year-round.

Address and Phone Number:

704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-1111

Have questions about accessibility? Click here.


Hours of Operation

March 25 - November 30
Museum and Store Hours (Eastern)

  • Monday - Saturday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

December 1 - March 24
Museum and Store Hours (Eastern)

  • Monday - Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Derby Café Hours (Eastern)

  • Monday - Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • View amended hours

The Museum is closed Thursday through Saturday of Derby weekend, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
On rare occasions the Museum closes early for private parties. Check our calendar before your visit.

General Admission

General Admission tickets are available for purchase for a specific day and time. General Admission includes:

  • Full access to the Museum, including two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits
  • A viewing of our epic film, “The Greatest Race,” a 360°, 18-minute media experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar (daily, 10 minutes after the hour, every hour)
  • Guided Track Visit of Churchill Downs with one of our knowledgeable tour guides.
  • Access to our Store and the Derby Café & Bourbon Bar

Ticket Pricing Starting at:

  • Adults (13-64): $20
  • Seniors (65+): $18
  • Military: $18
  • Children (5-12): $12
  • Children (Under 5): FREE

To view tour and pricing options for groups of 15 or more, visit Group Tour Information

Discounts are provided for the following:
Active & Retired Military (Proper ID required, in-person only)
Track employee (Racing ID required, in-person only)
Pre-scheduled groups of 15 people or more together
Organized school groups

Purchase Admission

The Museum reserves the right to alter discounts and prices at any time.

Add-on Specialty Tours of Churchill Downs

Available daily, year-round! See all Add-on Specialty Tours here >



Transportation and Traffic Information:

Travel Alert: See official traffic updates, including bridge, road, and street closure information. Real-time traffic information also available. 

TARC Bus Service: You can easily take a bus from the downtown area to the Museum. Visit the TARC website to find route information.

Taxi Service: Service is available 24 hours a day and both companies can also handle those with accessibility needs. Contact Ready Cab at (502) 417-4406 or Yellow Cab at (502) 636-5511.



Churchill Downs Racetrack Live Racing Dates:

View Racing Calendar

Racing at Churchill Downs



Museum Accessibility:

The Kentucky Derby Museum is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all of our guests and is happy to assist with accessibility options that may be needed. Please contact us directly at 502-637-1111 if you have any questions about specific accommodations we can provide.

Wheelchair users & strollers, please note: During times of inclement weather, we do our best to clear routes of snow and ice, but it’s not always possible. If there is inclement weather we suggest that you postpone your plans and visit another time.



Guest Prohibited Items Policy:

Kentucky Derby Museum strives to provide a safe and non-threatening environment for all of our guests, employees, and others with whom we do business. Read our full policy which lists examples of items considered to be dangerous and/or inappropriate.



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