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Make the most out of your Kentucky Derby Museum experience

The first Saturday in May. It’s been said there’s nothing like the Kentucky Derby. That you have to be there to experience the full pomp and pageantry of “the greatest two minutes in sports.” Those of you lucky enough to have attended a Derby in the past know first-hand what we’re talking about. The Thoroughbreds, the people, the hats, the mint juleps, the handicapping, the singing of My Old Kentucky Home, the post parade, and finally, “They’re Off!” and the screaming for your horse to “get up there!” For those of us who love the Kentucky Derby, there’s a place that celebrates the spirit of this day. Every Day. And allows you to experience everything that makes this day legendary. The Kentucky Derby Museum, offering immersive experiences and exhibits, and if you like, a mint julep to wash it all down. We’d wager to bet it’s the best $16 you’ve spent in a long while. Located next to Churchill Downs.

There are so many Bucket List items at the Museum and Churchill Downs Racetrack that we want to make sure you experience the most out of your visit.

Purchase Admission

Note: Kentucky Derby Museum’s COVID-19 plan and protocols meet or exceed the social distancing, capacity, and health and safety guidelines outlined by local, state and federal authorities.


Photo of Aristides Statue
90 Minutes:

All of this is included in your general admission ticket of $16


Thoroughbreds working out on the track
3.5 Hours:

Behind the Scenes Tour is $20 per person (in addition to general admission)


Mint Julep
5 Hours:
  • Enjoy the 10:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour that takes you to exclusive areas of Churchill Downs that are typically closed to the public ($20 per person in addition to general admission)
  • Watch "The Greatest Race"
  • Explore two floors of exhibits
  • For lunch, head to the Derby Cafe Express for Kentucky-inspired food and drinks
  • Then take the 2:00 p.m. Bourbon & Bridles Experience
    • You’ll wind up in the Museum’s bourbon bar to make a mint julep and enjoy a bourbon flight (Must be 21+ older to participate)
  • Wrap up your visit with a trip to our Store where you can select a bottle of bourbon, vintage Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses, and culinary items from Kentucky’s own Bourbon Barrel Foods.

When you purchase the Bourbon & Bridles Experience, your general admission is included