Bourbon and Bridles Experience

Mondays & Tuesdays, 2 p.m. (some Thursdays & Fridays for limited time)

What do you get when you pour a jigger of Bourbon, add a dash of Thoroughbreds and mix in a Mint Julep cup? The complete Bourbon and Bridles Experience. You’ll start with a tour of historic Churchill Downs to learn why horse racing and Bourbon are a perfect pair. Your guide will share stories of distillery owners who have won the Derby and how some enterprising guests imbibed on Derby day during the Prohibition years.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is an official stop on Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, so you’ll get your passport stamped by our certified Bourbon Steward. Then enjoy a Bourbon tasting along with an interactive lesson on how to make a signature Mint Julep. You’ll also sample Louisville’s Modjeska candy, named after the actress who attended the third running of the Kentucky Derby in 1877, and who famously took quite a liking to the Mint Julep. The experience includes a take home gift bag with Mint Julep syrup, Modjeska candy, a Derby glass, and more!

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Bourbon and Bridles Experience Times

  • Mondays and Tuesdays
    2:00 p.m.
  • (Some Thursdays and Fridays for limited time)
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Bourbon and Bridles Experience Details

  • 90 minutes

  • $100 per person

  • Maximum of 10 guests

  • Adults 21+

  • Approximately 3.2 furlongs of walking (.4 miles)

  • Includes General Admission to Museum and a viewing of our epic 360°  film, “The Greatest Race”


Please note: Exciting construction projects are underway at Churchill Downs! For the safety of guests, tours may be re-routed at times.


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Bourbon and Bridles

We took the Bourbon and Bridles tour. The museum was included in the tour. Great picture opportunity with a life-sized replica of the current Kentucky Derby winner. There's a great theater experience in the round that tells the story of the race beautifully. I loved the new women jockey exhibit with great pictures and quotes. All around it was very informative. Especially about the jockeys and horses.

— Cathy Tynan
July, 2021

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