Hermitage Farm and Derby Museum Tour

Tuesday – Saturday

From a foal’s first steps to the final turn of the track at Churchill Downs, you’ll be able to explore every facet of a Thoroughbred’s life on the Hermitage Farm / Derby Museum Tour. This is an all-day, immersive experience which takes you from the Museum to the Farm and will leave you with a new-found love and appreciation for all things horse racing. Tickets & schedule available on the Hermitage Farm website.

Tour Details

  • Tuesday – Saturday during working season
  • April through October 2021
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time
  • Involves approximately 0.5 miles of walking
  • All ages
  • Rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather! Umbrellas are prohibited on all horse tours.

Tour Pricing

With Shuttle:
Adults, $125 | Seniors (65+), $115 | Children (5-12), $95 | Children (Under 5), Free
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Without Shuttle:
Adults, $80 | Seniors (65+), $70 | Children (5-14), $50 | Children (Under 5), Free
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Tour Schedule

9:00 a.m. Arrive at the Kentucky Derby Museum
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs (Please note: Exciting construction projects are underway at Churchill Downs! For the safety of guests, tours may be re-routed at times.)
9:30 - 9:48 a.m. “The Greatest Race” Film - An 18-minute, 360° experience that will send your heart racing and emotions soaring
9:48 - 10:30 a.m. Visit Museum exhibits and explore the Gift Shop
10:30 a.m. Shuttle to Hermitage Farm
11:00 a.m. Arrival at Hermitage Farm, meet tour guide
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Garden and Sustainability Tour – Walk through the garden and greenhouse to learn about farming and sustainability practices. Learn about Hermitage Farm’s commitment to organic and sustainable practices through their series of terraced gardens, an orchard, and an innovative greenhouse which provide microgreens and produce for Barn8 Farm Restaurant.
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Farm Fresh Lunch* and Farm store visit
*Your lunch will include a sandwich or wrap, one side, one pastry, and your choice of cold bottled beverage.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Cocktail Class - Learn to make the perfect Old Fashioned then shop in Welcome Center
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Thoroughbred Tour* - First visit the Sport Horse barn to pet and take pictures with our Lipizzans. The tour continues with the history and legacy of thoroughbreds in Kentucky and specifically at Hermitage Farm. The tour ends after visiting the Thoroughbred horses.
*Tours are rain or shine. Umbrellas are prohibited on all horse tours – please dress for the weather!
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Shuttle back to Kentucky Derby Museum

Life changing

The museum was incredible. The panoramic movie was amazing. The Hermitage Farm tour was the best, which included the museum and Churchill Downs tour (a bucket list stop for us) plus a tour of the horses, garden, picnic lunch, bourbon tasting, and more at Hermitage Farm! The best deal ever. Life changing. Extremely worth it.

— Jason Fair
July, 2021