Barn and Backside Tour

Daily, various times, non-racing days

This is your opportunity to experience the Backside of Churchill Downs Racetrack, an area that is closed to the general public and is available only to Museum guests! 

Ride past the iconic green-roofed barns that can house more than 1,400 horses. During this guided van tour, you will learn about the fascinating community that lives on the Backside (yes, there’s even a church on site!). You may take in the panoramic view of the famed racetrack, grandstand and Twin Spires and snap pictures.


Tour Details:

  • Daily, various times, non-racing days
  • 60 minutes
  • Up to six guests within same group/household (due to COVID-19 precautions)
  • Age restricted (must be 8 and older, and taller than 57 inches)
  • Prices start at $75 flat fee for group up to six guests


Tour Times and Prices:

  • Monday - Saturday
    • 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Thoroughbred workout hours)
      Tickets $100
    • 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. 
      Tickets $75
  • Sunday
    • 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. 
      Tickets $75

Second visit was just as great!

Visited on a Sunday morning in March. Took the Barn and Backside tour with Ferguson. He was OUTSTANDING! He was engaging and friendly and very knowledgeable about the horses, the track and the entire property. Some of the exhibits in the museum were under construction so we were limited in our experience but it was still fascinating and a good visit. The movie is powerful-you understand the commitment the trainers devote to these beautiful animals. Highly recommend a visit!

— Lori S., Tripadvisor
March, 2021

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