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!
$100 per person
Maximum of 10 guests
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.
You may enter the Museum at any time on the date of your ticket. The time listed on your ticket is the departure time for your Bourbon and Bridles Experience. All tours depart on schedule and unfortunately, cannot be delayed for tardy or missing ticket holders.
When choosing a time for your tour, please make sure that if you are purchasing additional tours that the start and end times do not overlap.
Tours are conducted rain or shine. Umbrellas are prohibited for the safety of Thoroughbreds and riders on the track. In the event of rain, we suggest bringing ponchos and rain boots. Ponchos are available for purchase in The Kentucky Derby Museum Store.
Please note: On rare occasions, tours are subject to change without advance notice and may be rerouted. Check our calendar to view amendments to our normal hours of operation.
All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. For our ticket policy, please check here.
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