We are in unprecedented times. Our daily routines are disrupted, familiar things that make us feel secure have been closed or altered. Even something as routine as looking forward to the first Saturday in May will have to wait a little longer. As Kentuckians, we know that the sun WILL shine again on our great Commonwealth. It’s times like these that test our resolve but will never dampen our spirit, our drive and our will to come together and celebrate time-honored traditions that unite us all.
Our mission at the Kentucky Derby Museum is to engage, educate, and excite everyone about the Kentucky Derby experience. While the Museum is closed we want to share our mission with you virtually. We are excited to launch our new virtual museum developed by our amazing team of curators, educators, and tour guides.
Every day our website will post new photos, videos and stories from our archives. You will enjoy seeing artifacts from Derbys past dating all the way back to 1875, including some from our vault that have never been on display before. Derby fun facts. New video walking tours of Churchill Downs. Kids’ activities and even updates from our resident Thoroughbred Poppy and companion pony Tatanka who, while the Museum is closed, are currently ‘living the life’ at Moserwood Farm in Pleasureville, KY. We think this experience will be great for children, families and anyone who loves the Kentucky Derby and all that we have to offer at the Derby Museum.
The joy we all feel experiencing the Kentucky Derby is not defined by a single day. It’s a shared experience that’s captured in our motto, “Where Every Day is Derby Day.” We hope our virtual Kentucky Derby Museum experience gives you a much-needed break from daily news updates. We encourage you to share your at-home projects on social media and use our hashtag #derbyeveryday.
We can’t wait to see you all again when we can gather and celebrate together.
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Derby Museum is located next to Churchill Downs® Racetrack in one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods just minutes from downtown Louisville. Free parking is available on-premise year-round. When races are running during the Spring and Fall Meets at Churchill Downs.
704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208
Open 7 days a week, 360 days a year
[Due to COVID-19, the Museum has been closed since March. We plan on reopening June 8. More details coming soon]
March 15 – November 30
December 1 – March 14
We recommend you arrive at least 90 minutes before we close to enjoy the full experience. The last historic walking tour of the day begins 30 minutes before we close. Hours are subject to change, visit here for amended Museum hours.
The Museum is closed six days a year:
April 30 – May 2 (Thursday before the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day)
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hourly 30-minute historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack
A viewing of our epic film, “The Greatest Race,” a 360° 18-minute media experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar
Two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits
The Penny Chenery Stable that houses our Resident Thoroughbred and companion pony
Access to our Gift Shop and Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express
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.
Most tours are available year-round.
Around the Track Golf Cart & Walking Tour, March through November, excluding Derby season
Barn & Backside Tour, year-round, excluding Derby Season
Behind the Scenes Walking Tour, daily on non-racing days, $15
Bourbon & Bridles Tour, Thursdays @ 2:00, $75
Horses & Haunts Tour, October, Wednesday nights, $15
Race Day Golf Cart & Walking Tour, May through June, September through November, $150
Twilight Tour, March through September, Wednesday nights, $15
Barn & Backside Workout Tour, $60
Barn & Backside Tour, $50
Around the Track Golf Cart & Walking Tour, $225
Derby Contenders Golf Cart & Walking Tour, $150
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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.
Spring Meet: April 25-June 30
September Meet: September 16-27
Fall Meet: October 25-November 29
General Admission (outside of Derby Week): $5-$12
For more information, visit here.
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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