Historic Walking Tour


See for yourself world-famous Churchill Downs Racetrack! Walk through the Grandstands where thousands of people roar with excitement on Derby day. Your Tour Guide will lead you to the rail of the legendary dirt track where every Derby winner has raced, from Aristides, to Secretariat, and many more. Your Guide will share stories of the early days of the Kentucky Derby through its transformation into the iconic event it is today. Have your camera ready!

Have your camera ready!

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Historic Walking Tour Times

Daily, half past every hour

  • Monday - Saturday 
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 
    11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Historic Walking Tour Details

  • $17 per person

  • 20 minutes

  • Approximately 2.4 furlongs of walking (.3 miles)

  • All ages

  • 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.

Important Information for Your Tour

And they're off

Make sure to do the tour that’s included with your ticket price. They take you to the track and show you the horse staging area. Great museum with interactive exhibits.

— Teakwo23, Dunedin, FL., Tripadvisor
April, 2021

Museum Visit

My husband and I took the general admission tour. Neither of us how much knowledge of horse racing, so looking through the museum and watching the accompanying movie was very informative, yet fun. The tour was great, and seeing the track was a must see in Louisville. You can't beat the general admission price!

— Heather B., Harrisburg, PA, Tripadvisor
March, 2021

Off to the Races!

Definitely worth the trip! We had never been to Churchill Downs so decided to take the general tour and we couldn’t have been more impressed, especially with the hospitality of the team at the museum. Special thanks to Zachary for his assistance with our tickets and Linda at the gift shop who helped us find the best selections of gifts for us and the kids. Very informative tour (just long enough) and the self-guided areas of the museum were amazing. Plenty of free parking and we were even lucky enough to see a race at Churchill Downs, right after our tour! One helpful hint...book your tickets for the tours on-line in advance to make sure you have a reserved time. If not, you may have to wait for an opening when you purchase same day. Will certainly recommend the Kentucky Derby Museum to our friends and hope to be back again soon!

— Scott4boys, Asheville, NC., Tripadvisor
May, 2021

General Admission work it!

The General Ticket comes with a 30 minute tour and Museum entry. Definitely worth the money! Buy tickets in advance because they fill up quickly!

— Anna H.
March, 2022

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