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.

Museum Front


Address and Phone Number:

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

Museum and Gift Shop* Hours (Eastern)

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

Derby Cafe Express Hours (Eastern)

  • Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

*Note, you do not need to purchase a General Admission ticket to visit our Gift Shop.
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 includes:

Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs

  • Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our guests & staff, the Museum is restricted to smaller tour sizes. Our Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs is complimentary with admission but fills quickly. If possible, please allow additional time for your visit and arrive early to place your name on the tour list.

A viewing of our epic film, “The Greatest Race,” a 360° 18-minute media experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar

  • Capacity is limited to allow for proper social distancing.

Two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits
Access to our Gift Shop and the Derby Cafe Express

Ticket Pricing:

  • Adults (15-64): $16
  • Seniors (65+): $14
  • Children (5-14): $10
  • 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

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

Purchase Admission


Specialty Tours of Churchill Downs are available daily, year-round!

See all 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.

LouLift: A FREE TARC bus ride that goes all around downtown and picks up/drops off right on Churchill Downs property. Learn more!

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 2020 Live Racing Dates:

Kentucky Derby 2020 | Fall Meet 2020

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.



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