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* the Jockey's Quarters, Millionaires Row and private members-only Turf Club. Bring your camera for iconic views of the fourth floor balcony, legendary Twin Spires, track, and the city. *Areas are subject to change based on availability.

Tour Details

Tour Times (ET)

Arrive at the Museum's Visitor Services desk at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled departure tour time as all tours leave promptly.

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Important Notes About Dates and Accessibility

This tour is not handicap accessible. The Jockeys' Room at Churchill Downs Racetrack can only be accessed via a small set of stairs. All other parts of the tour are fully accessible, and guests who are unable to travel to the Jockeys' Room may return to the Museum early since that will be the last stop on the tour. Please call for more information before you purchase a ticket if you have a questions about accessibility.

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.

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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.