Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

Daily, on non-racing days

This tour gives special access to ritzy areas of Churchill Downs Racetrack, and for the first time ever, Churchill Downs is allowing Museum Guests on this tour to explore The Mansion at Churchill Downs. This invitation-only venue is so exclusive, it isn't even listed on the Churchill Downs website. The Behind the Scenes Walking Tour will take you inside this gorgeous space where celebrities "do Derby" and offer an insider’s view of other non-public areas including Millionaires Row, the Stakes Room, and private members-only Turf Club. Bring your camera for phenomenal views from the fourth floor balcony of the legendary Twin Spires, track, paddock and the city. *Areas are subject to change based on availability.

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Tour Details

  • Daily, various times, non-racing days
  • 90 minutes
  • Up to 25 guests each tour
  • All ages
  • $20/person

While children age 4 and under receive free general admission to the Museum, they will need a $20 Behind the Scenes ticket purchased for them to accompany this tour.

Tours are available rain or shine. Umbrellas are not allowed due to safety restrictions for Thoroughbreds on the track. In the event it does rain we suggest bringing ponchos and rain boots. The Derby Museum Gift Shop also sells souvenir ponchos.

Tour Times (ET)

Regular Schedule:

  • Monday - Saturday
    8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Sunday
    12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Off-season Schedule (December 1, 2020 - March 14, 2021):

  • Monday - Saturday
    10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Sunday
    12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

*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.

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Important Notes About Dates

Due to the nature of the operation of a race track and live Thoroughbred racing, these tours can be cancelled at any time. If you have prepaid for your tour, your money will be refunded onto a Kentucky Derby Museum gift card that can be used on future tours, in the gift shop or online store.

View amendments to the Museum's normal hours of operation.

Available on all days when there is no live racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Meets typically run from the last week of April through the first weekend in July (Spring Meet), the months of September and November. For an updated calendar, please visit the Churchill Downs Racetrack website.