Derby Season Tours

Daily, April 17 through 28

During Derby Season, we offer five tours that offer something for everyone. They run daily from April 17 through April 28, ranging in price from $25 to $250. Here’s how to select the tour that’s right for you.

*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.


1. Derby Contenders Workout Tour

Enjoy one of our most popular tours but with the added excitement of Derby season and the chance to see Derby contenders in their 7:30 a.m. workouts!

Kick off Derby Season with the thrilling experience of hearing hooves hitting the dirt early in the morning. Get the chance to see the world's top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds exercise right in front of you. Guests will meet at the Kentucky Derby Museum, then walk to the Churchill Downs grandstand where a tour guide will discuss which Derby and Oaks contenders to watch for, different facts about the Derby contenders, plus the ins and outs of training Thoroughbreds, as well as handicapping the races. Get ready to take pictures and videos because seeing these elite athletes working out beneath the historic Twin Spires is an experience you will want to hold onto forever!!

  • Daily, April 17 - April 28, 7:15 A.M. EST
  • 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Up to 25 guests each tour
  • All ages
  • $25/person
  • See Derby Contenders train on the track
  • Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather!
  • Some walking involved

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2. Derby Contenders Golf Cart and Walking Tour

Get up close to the rail to watch Derby Contenders training on the track! Travel to the Infield in a golf cart and take in incredible 360-degree views of the Racetrack and Twin Spires.

Kentucky Derby Museum is providing an exclusive opportunity for you to see Kentucky Derby contenders! This two-hour tour will take you to some of the best spots around the track, where you will see the horses go through their morning routines as they prepare for the Kentucky Derby. Guests will be taken around Churchill Downs in a golf cart and will stop at several locations to watch the Thoroughbreds train, take pictures and enjoy being along the rail for this annual racing extravaganza.

  • Daily, April 17 - April 28, 7:00 A.M. EST
  • 7 A.M. - 9 A.M. (approx. 2 hours)
  • 4 guests maximum on cart
  • $150/ person (includes Museum admission)
  • Age restricted (must be 10 and older)
  • See Derby Contenders train on the track
  • Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather!

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3. Derby Season Golf Cart and Walking Tour

Watch the horses workout railside, then travel via golf cart through the Infield Tunnel to the backside and enjoy an up close view of horses, jockeys and trainers, then wrap up in the Post Time Kitchen, which is closed to the public, for lunch with unparalleled views of the Twin Spires.

Get ready to embark on the most exclusive tour Kentucky Derby Museum has to offer! The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour takes you through the history, pageantry and legacy of the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby. You will have a totally unique experience at the home of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports," from the grandstand to the backside and everywhere in between. You’ll begin from the outside grounds, travel through the Paddock, then relish a morning rail side workout session. Next you’ll travel through the famous infield tunnels to the backside to enjoy an up close and personal view of the horses, jockeys and trainers and see the barns that once were home to Thoroughbred legends. The tour wraps up with lunch in the private Post Time Kitchen, with a unparalleled view of the track and famed Twin Spires. The tour price also includes general admission to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you will enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits that bring the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby right to you!

  • Daily, April 17 - April 26
  • 8:00 a.m. - noon (4-hour duration)
  • 4 guests maximum on cart
  • $250/ person (includes Museum admission and lunch)
  • Age restricted (must be 8 and older, and taller than 57 inches)
  • Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather!

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4. Derby Season Barn & Backside Tour

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Twin Spires from the other side of the track. This is your chance to take in the Backside of Churchill Downs and see where the Derby Contenders reside.

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. There’s even a church and community center for the Backside workers’ families. You may take in the panoramic view of the famed racetrack, grandstand and Twin Spires and snap pictures.

  • Daily, April 17 - April 28
  • 60 minutes
  • Up to 6 guests within same group/household (due to COVID-19 precautions)
  • Age restricted (must be 8 and older, and taller than 57 inches)
  • Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather!

5. Derby Sunrise Breakfast Experience

For 11 glorious days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the Museum is offering a brand new experience.

You’ll begin the day with a hearty breakfast while watching our signature film “The Greatest Race” that immerses you in the Kentucky Derby. Next, head out to the rooftop at Churchill Downs for one of the most breathtaking views at the track. Not only will you be right next to the iconic Twin Spires for incredible pictures, you'll have one of the best views of the world-famous racetrack to watch the world's top three-year-old racehorses exercise. Our knowledgeable tour guides will point out the Derby and Oaks contenders, what to look for, and explain the ins and outs of Thoroughbred horse racing. Kick off Kentucky Derby season with this bucket list adventure!

  • April 17 - April 28, Monday – Saturday (Sunday excluded)
  • 6:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. (2 hr 15 min duration)
  • $75/ person
  • Itinerary:
      • 6:45 a.m. - "The Greatest Race" movie and breakfast inside Museum
      • 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.: Workouts (7th floor Starting Gate Suites)
      • 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Photos at the Spires
      • 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Paddock/Plaza
      • 9 a.m. - Conclude at KDM

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