Specialty Tours* at Churchill Downs and the Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to be Churchill Downs’ exclusive tour partner. Our knowledgeable and passionate tour guides share the colorful history of the world’s most famous racetrack. Enjoy the many photo ops on all our tours and create new memories from this bucket-list experience! Tickets may be purchased at the door, but spots fill up fast! We highly recommend purchasing tour tickets in advance through our website.

*All tours depart on-time from the lobby. To make sure you get on your tour, we recommend you check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.


Historic Walking Tour

New! You can now reserve your spot on a Historic Walking Tour that comes with General Admission!

  • Daily, half past every hour
  • Complimentary with General Admission ticket purchase to Museum

Stroll through the historic grounds of Churchill Downs as a tour guide takes you past the iconic Twin Spires and out to the world-famous Racetrack.

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Derby Season Tours

Daily, April 17 through 28

  • Derby Contenders Workout Tour - $25/person
  • Derby Contenders Golf Cart and Walking Tour - $150/person
  • Derby Season Golf Cart and Walking Tour - $250/person
  • Derby Season Barn and Backside Tour - Starting at $150 flat fee for group up to six guests
  • Derby Sunrise Breakfast Experience - $75/person

Enjoy some of our most popular tours but with the added excitement of Derby season and the chance to see Derby contenders.

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Morning Works Golf Cart and Walking Tour

  • April 1 through June 30
  • Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m.
  • $80/person (includes General Admission)

Horses training on the track will take your breath away as they come thundering by. Travel to the Infield and take in incredible 360-degree views of the Racetrack and Twin Spires.  

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Racehorse Workout Tours at Churchill Downs

  • Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
  • $15/person

Take in the sound of hooves pounding the dirt as your tour guide teaches you the ins and outs of training a racehorse and how to handicap a race.

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Around the Track Golf Cart & Walking Tour

  • Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – noon
  • $150/person

Watch the horses workout railside, then travel via golf cart through the Infield Tunnel to the backside and enjoy an up close view of horses, jockeys and trainers, then wrap up in the Post Time Kitchen, which is closed to the public, for lunch with unparalleled views of the Twin Spires.

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Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

  • Daily, non-racing days
  • $20/person

Gain special access to the exclusive areas of Churchill Downs, including where celebrities “do Derby,” from Millionaires Row to The Mansion.

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Barn and Backside Tour

  • Daily, non-racing days, through September
  • Up to six guests within same group/household
  • Prices start at $75 flat fee for group up to six guests

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs without any distractions. During the off-season, it’s peaceful, serene and as always--picturesque.

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Churchill Downs After Hours Tour

  • March 15 through September 30
  • Monday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
  • $25/person

Relax and unwind at the end of the day beneath the Twin Spires—even right next to them! Get special access to historic and posh areas, including Millionaire’s Row and The Mansion.

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Race Day Golf Cart & Walking Tour

  • Race days, Wednesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
  • $150/person (includes General Admission and fine dining lunch on Millionaire’s Row overlooking the track)

Start your day as a tourist, finish it off as a spectator! This experience has it all! Explore Churchill Downs in a golf cart with your tour guide, watch Thoroughbreds train on the track, access special areas inside Churchill Downs, and enjoy a delicious meal inside Churchill Downs before taking in a day at the races!

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Bourbon and Bridles Tour

  • Thursdays & Fridays, 2:00 pm
  • $75/person (includes General Admission to the Museum)
  • Adults 21+

Immerse yourself in two of Kentucky’s most treasured icons: Bourbon and Thoroughbreds. Enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, a Bourbon tasting, and learn how to make a Mint Julep in this interactive experience.

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Black Heritage in Racing Tour

  • Saturdays, 1:00 pm
  • $15/person

Discover African Americans’ profound impact on Thoroughbred Racing, going back to the first Kentucky Derby in 1875 to present day.

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Black Heritage in Racing: Proud of My Calling Experience

  • Monthly at 3:00 p.m.
  • All ages are welcome, but historical content would be more suitable to children 7+
  • Group bookings

Meet Black horsemen from the Civil War era through today, as live actors bring their incredible stories to life in this immersive performance.

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Hermitage Farm and Derby Museum Tour

  • Tuesday – Saturday during working season, April through October 2021
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Shuttle service available 

Explore the best of what Kentucky has to offer. Hermitage Farm and the Kentucky Derby Museum have teamed up to show you both sides of a Thoroughbreds life– from the track to the farm.

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Private Tours

  • Groups of 1-14
  • 30, 60 or 90 minute tour
  • Book 72 hours in advance of your visit

Take the tour you want, when you want, and with whom you want to experience it with, all with your very own tour guide.

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Groups

  • Groups of 15 or more
  • Exclusive VIP Tours, special discounts, and on-site dining

A variety of custom experiences available for groups of 15 or more. Wow your guests with breakfast while watching horses train, add on a hat-making workshop and more!

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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.


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