Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs – the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby – you can experience the...
In an ideal world, every day would be Derby Day - a day filled with the thundering hooves of Thoroughbreds, the extravagant hats, the refreshing mint juleps, and the exhilarating cheers of the crowd as they root for their favorite horses.
For those who can't get enough of the electrifying Kentucky Derby energy, there's a place that keeps the spirit of this iconic event alive every single day: the Kentucky Derby Museum. Feel what makes Derby Day legendary with immersive experiences, exhibits, and even a mint julep to wash it all down. Join us as we gallop into the world of Thoroughbred racing and discover the top five ways to savor the Derby spirit every day at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
The museum boasts two floors of family-friendly and interactive exhibits that will test your knowledge and skills. One of the newest additions to the museum is the “Secretariat: America’s Horse” exhibit, an absolute must-see. This exhibit offers guests a chance to fully experience the greatness of Big Red - from his status as a celebrity to his extraordinary athleticism, his role during significant events like wars and Watergate, and beyond. As you journey through the museum, don’t miss the opportunity to play Derby Trivia, watch historical races dating back to 1918, and step into the shoes of a jockey on Derby Day in the simulated “Riders Up” exhibit. Challenge your friends to a race and strive to maintain the proper jockey stance as you cross the finish line. These exhibits are guaranteed to get your heart racing, just like on the actual Derby Day.
While you explore the museum, take a break to watch "The Greatest Race." This 18-minute epic film surrounds you with the grandeur and history of the Kentucky Derby. It places you at the heart of the Derby action on the first Saturday in May and is screened in one of the world's few 360° theaters, offering a truly immersive experience that will send your emotions soaring.
As the exclusive tour provider for the legendary Churchill Downs, the museum provides a unique opportunity to venture behind the scenes with one of their knowledgeable guides. These tours grant special access to areas of Churchill Downs that are rarely seen by the public. You can explore the barns, visit the iconic Twin Spires™, and even watch Thoroughbred racehorses train on the racetrack. These one-of-a-kind tours will offer you a deeper understanding of the day-to-day operations of a world-class racetrack.
After delving into Derby history and traditions, it's time to indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Kentucky at the Derby Café & Bourbon Bar. Treat yourself to a delectable "scratch kitchen" meal prepared from locally sourced ingredients, featuring classics like Derby-Pie® and Kentucky bourbon bread pudding. The only thing that rivals these dishes is the meticulously crafted cocktails by Johnny Arnett at the Bourbon Bar. Sit back, relax, refuel, and share your favorite Derby moments in the cozy café or on the covered terrace, beside the picturesque Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby Museum hosts a variety of events, ranging from the annual Kentucky Derby Museum Ball to distillery spotlights, fashion shows celebrating the iconic Derby styles, and the sharing of incredible stories about jockeys and trainers. Keep an eye on the museum's calendar to plan your visit around these upcoming events and exhibitions.
The longest continuously-run sporting event in the country is gearing up for an unprecedented milestone—the historic 150th Kentucky Derby in 2024! This momentous occasion promises to be a celebration like no other, with the museum at the forefront of the excitement. Commemorate by exploring the stories of past iconic moments and witness the evolution of the Derby over the decades. Leading up to the 150th Kentucky Derby, the museum is hosting a series of special Derby 150 Events to pay homage to this legacy while building anticipation for a grand celebration. Don’t forget to secure your Derby 150 memorabilia from the Kentucky Derby Museum Store!
Whether you're a seasoned Derby aficionado or a newcomer wondering what the hype is about, this museum will captivate you, bringing the magic of the Derby to life right before your eyes. Plan your visit now to be a part of the excitement as we count down to the 150th Kentucky Derby!
*This blog post is sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum